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Tuesday, April 22, 2003

TV-Turnoff Week 2003.
From April 21 to 27 millions of children and adults around the world will turn off their televisions and discover that life without TV may just be more rewarding, fun, and relaxing. TV-Turnoff Week is supported by over 70 national organizations including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Education Association, and President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Why? Television cuts into family time, harms our children's ability to read and succeed in school, and contributes to unhealthy lifestyles and obesity.

Our new release THE TUBE investigates the possibility that TV is addictive by penetrating the heart of the TV and advertising industries in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. What is this pulsating, radiant light doing to us? Normally, when we are awake and alert, specific areas of the brain are measurably active. But scientists have found that viewing a cathode tube, or television, causes such a decrease in brain activity that viewers are actually put in a trance. According to the research, it doesn't matter what you're watching - the news, a soap opera or "Survivor." The mental numbing may be caused by the cathode tube technology itself.

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