Screen-Free Week Goes On The Attack, Pushes TV-B-Gones

Screen-Free Week seems to be going guerrilla, calling not just for folks to avoid using their TVs, game consoles and computer screens this week, but to turn off other people's televisions.

Today kicks off the week of screen-free time, hosted by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. What would you and your family do with an extra 20, 30, or even 50 hours a week, the site for the campaign asks.

Maybe you could use all of that extra time turning off the televisions of people not so into getting back to their non-television roots. The Screen-Free Week's website lists the TV-B-Gone device on their resources page for the event.

Under the listing for the device, which can be used to turn off virtually any remote-controlled television, the site says the gadget is a "great tool for zapping off some of those pesky screens during Screen-Free Week!" The site also gives you a 10 per cent discount if you buy one.

Forced or by choice, do you think you could give up spare-time screen-time for a week? No TV, no video games, no casual net surfing.

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    Pffft, wrong time for this...if they were really serious about this Screen-Free Week thing, they wouldn't have it over the release of perhaps the biggest game of the year...*facepalm*

    Makes no sense, how will we find out about this if our computers and televisions are off.

      You're bright... obviously people with screens off aren't their target audience. =|

    I don't really like the idea of no screen week. I mean sure spend time with your family, get out and have fun, but this just seems to be an echo of that whole 'tv is corrupting youth' concept that I had thought was gone. TV/Screens are a form of entertainment like any other and I enjoy them like I do other activities that don't involve being in front of a screen. Moderation is the real thing they should be encouraging.

    Promoting a device that turns off other people's screens just seems like childish pranks. I imagine people would use it in bars and stores just to annoy people, reminds me of when someone took one to an electronics conference and started turning of screens during presentations. Unsurprisingly, the guy got fired.

      Sounds fun. Like when everyone in the room connects their xbox360 controls at the same time.

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