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Turning off the Tube

This week (now that it’s half over) is TV-Turnoff Week. The news not only came too late for me to even ponder the white dot, but I hadn’t heard of a specific week dedicated to this before. No doubt it’s better to read a book, than, say, watch this. I probably do watch too much useless fluff on the tube, but it’s hard for me to imagine never watching TV again. To be fair, I admit that my TV doesn’t have cable, which makes it far likelier that I’ll land on Public Television. PBS has taught me quite a bit over the years: how to count in Spanish, the history of baseball, the history of jazz…not to mention this addicting series. Giving up PBS as part of TV-Turnoff week seems counter-intuitive. Instead of avoiding television, why not campaign to make TV better, more educational? There have already been steps in that direction, including LazyTown.

So, as a compromise, how about quality TV in moderation week? I’m sure most of us could agree on that, especially since there’s a new house series starting Monday on PBS.

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