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In The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid, (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill), author Ellen Currey-Wilson details the funny and insightful story about her mission to make her house TV free (she particularly has trouble giving up reruns of “Three’s Company”). But amid the funny stuff, Currey-Wilson also offers some insight into how electronic media play such a central role in our lives, for good or ill (mostly ill). And she offers scary numbers, such as 200,000 (the number of violent acts the average American child sees on TV by age 18) and 16,000 (the number of murders the average American kid sees on TV by age 18).

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