Calling Ideas for April 23, 2012
The Fourth week of April is:
TV-Turnoff WeekFrom this site: 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.
This seems like a good opportunity to promote square dancing as an alternative family activity. Maybe square dancers could offer some special family dances during this week to provide a fun activity to fill those hours that are normally spent vegging in front of the TV. Maybe the clubs running multi-cycle programs could make sure there's a new session starting during TV-Turnoff Week and make an effort to get folks hooked on dancing.
Square dancing and the folks who do it have always been pretty firmly embedded in mainstream American culture. Turning off the TV is almost seen as counter-cultural, so the people promoting it are a little "out of the mainstream". But you know what? Group dancing has become a little "out of the mainstream" too. (Politics on) The corporate powers that control so much of the media have a vested interest in keeping us as passive consumers, mindlessly watching TV (especially the ads) and consuming the stuff that's pushed in the ads. Square dancing is almost subversive; there's little consumption involved (especially if we get rid of special clothing), and when you're dancing, you're not watching mass media idiocy. (Politics off).