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Indonesia: One Day without TV

Categories: East Asia, Indonesia, Arts & Culture, Citizen Media, Ideas, Youth, Blogger Profiles

Can we live a day without TV? Many Indonesian bloggers almost simultaneously posted a piece about a day without television to commemorate National Children Day on July 23.

Many of them are worried about the quality of Indonesian tv programs which they see as a threat to the children creativity specially when it is seen from quality point of view.

Lita Mariana at Banana Talk [1], Priyadi [2], Triaji [3], Solyaris [4], and Bocah Cilik [5] are among Indonesian bloggers who urge everyone to stop watching a tv program to pay respect for children and to warn Indonesian tv channels about their programs that could harm children in many ways.

This “one day without tv” campaign is initiated by Kidia [6] a portal media dedicated specifically for children education.

Lita Mariana [7] fully supports such campaign. As a mother of a couple of kids, she is very concerned with many tv programs that she thinks could pose a threat to the way the kids will behave in the future. [8]

So what the point of making such campaign when they know that their voices will reach the deaf ears of Indonesian tv producers if it's not accompanied with a proper law? A comment here [9] tell us the reason.

Says Rendy AK [10]

It's not about anti-TV as a technology. It's just too-much-violence-and-junk-shows on (Indonesian) TV. This is not about proposing a bill that makes TV ilegal, just showing respect to the National Child Day.

As we all know Indonesian TV show is far from child-friendly. Despite that Indonesian children spend more time on TV than on other activities.

Masindi [11]gives an interesting comment on Banana Talk post about how not watching tv can benefit you [1]:

We have lived happily without TV since many years ago:

Read here: ” Celebrating Life at Home Without TV” [12]

-We’ve read more books.
-We’ve entertained more guests (really, we had meaningful conversations and played musical instruments).
-We’ve copulated more often.
-We’ve tried more interesting recipes.
-Now, we’ve got all the time in the world to take care of Noe.