The Society for the Eradication of Television
Join us in freeing the world from Honey Boo Boo, 16 and Pregnant, 19 Kids and Counting, and Naked and Afraid.
Founded in 1980 in Albuquerque by friends after several late night discussions, this SINGLE-ISSUE INTEREST GROUP now focuses on spreading word to others about the polluting effects of TV.
To spread awareness, the Society for the Eradication of Television has chapters in different places in America, which hold meetings and print newsletters. Members sign up to receive e-mails through the society's website:
Willy Wonka's anti-television song
The number of televisions manufactured is almost identical to the birthrate...wow!!!
The most important thing we've learned
So far as children are concerned
Is never, never, never let
Them near your television set -
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all. . .
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotized by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk. . .
'All right!' you'll cry. 'All right!' you'll say,
'But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!'
We'll answer this by asking you,
'What used the darling ones to do?
'How used they keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?'
Have you forgotten?
Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
They used to read.
They'd read and read and read and read and then proceed
To read some more.
-Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Children show classic withdrawal symptoms normally associated with drugs when their families agree to kick the TV habit.
TV is dangerous. We must get rid of all working televisions in households.
"When kids reduced their exposure to videotapes, TV and video games, they become less aggressive,"said Thomas N. Robinson, an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford and the study's lead author.
Asked which they would keep if forced to choose between their fathers and their television sets, more than half the youngsters in a study chose television.
First World Probs
While children worry about where their next meal will come from, people in America clearly have more devastating problems...
This special interest group is a PUBLIC INTEREST GROUP because they seek to institute a policy that will benefit all of America (the eradication of television).
Anyone who joins this interest group can be a part of the POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE through the different chapters, by holding their own meeting.
This group faces a small FREE-RIDER PROBLEM, because many people are not involved, but many others will benefit if and when television is eradicated. This is no issue, though, for the elimination of television is a COLLECTIVE GOOD for which people are willing to work.
There are no SELECTIVE BENEFITS associated with the Society itself, but rather from the loss of television in the members lives.
In addition, the society doesn’t get involved in MATERIAL BENEFITS because it feels that it can better promote itself and its truly committed members by being free to join and minimal in its non-believing members.
More importantly, being involved in a chapter of the S.E.T. provides SOLIDARY BENEFITS such as activities and a sense of belonging that no television can bring. The PURPOSIVE BENEFITS of the S.E.T. are wonderful; every member is helping society and the world.
The society boasts many non-financially obligated PATRONS, which is a bonus for those who would like to take up a noble cause without breaking the bank.
"The society, which has 700 members, encourages the 98 percent of Americans who own a set not only to turn it off but to destroy it or turn it into a functional object such as a flower pot (selling the TV passes on the problem)."
S.E.T. grants membership to anyone who does not have a working TV set in their home.