"Television - Drug of a nation*"
All television is educational television. The question is: what is it
I wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob
called "brightness," but that doesn't work.
How can you put on a meaningful drama when, every fifteen minutes, proceedings
are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits with toilet paper?
~Rod Serling, quoted in Submitted for Your Approval, Public Broadcasting Station, 1995
Sex on television can't hurt you unless you fall off.
Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I
go in the other room and read a book.
Television has changed a child from an irresistible force to an immovable
We cannot blame the schools alone for the dismal decline in SAT verbal scores.
When our kids come home from school do they pick up a book or do they sit glued
to the tube, watching music videos? Parents, don't make the mistake of thinking
your kid only learns between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
If you came and you found a strange man... teaching your kids to punch each
other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you'd kick him right out of
the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV is on, and you don't think
twice about it.
Television: A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done.
Today, watching television often means fighting, violence and foul language -
and that's just deciding who gets to hold the remote control.
Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living
room by people you wouldn't have in your home.
Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.
~Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
They say that ninety percent of TV is junk. But, ninety percent of everything is
Time has convinced me of one thing. Television is for appearing on, not looking
~Noel Coward, attributed
TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they'll have with
twenty-six. Open your child's imagination. Open a book.
The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people
to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and
promised so much and gave, after all, so little.
~Ray Bradbury, The Golden Apples of the Sun
Television: chewing gum for the eyes.
~Frank Lloyd Wright
Television keeps the masses occupied. What if everyone decided they wanted to
make something of their lives? Television keeps the competition down and keeps
more criminals off the street. What if everyone decided to go to law school or
medical school? It would sure make it tough on the rest of us.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as
well as contributing to the need for it.
If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far
apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all.
Every time you think television has hit its lowest ebb, a new type program comes
along to make you wonder where you thought the ebb was.
~Art Buchwald, "Adding Insult to Injury," Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966
Television was not intended to make human beings vacuous, but it is an emanation
of their vacuity.
Ninety-eight percent of American homes have TV sets, which means the people in
the other 2% have to generate their own sex and violence.
~Attributed to Gene Baylos
Your cable television is experiencing difficulties. Please do not panic. Resist
the temptation to read or talk to loved ones. Do not attempt sexual relations,
as years of TV radiation have left your genitals withered and useless.
~Matt Groening, The Simpsons
Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you
haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating
Theatre is life. Cinema is art. Television is furniture.
Television is not the Truth. Television is god-damned amusement park. Television
is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers,
singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers and football players. We're in
the boredom killing business.
I have had my television aerials removed. It is the moral equivalent of a
Star Trek fans usually know the metaphors of life better than most mainstream
Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical
adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain
your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval
ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to
remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and
liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and
quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes
along and say you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He
probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
Television is now so desperately hungry for material that they're scraping the
top of the barrel.
The marvels - of film, radio, and television - are marvels of one-way
communication, which is not communication at all.
Whenever it's on it's like having somebody in my house that I want to get rid of
and they won't leave. I hate the sound of it. All that noise and light coming
from a piece of furniture.
Philo began laying out his vision for what television could become. Above all
else... television would become the world's greatest teaching tool. Illiteracy
would be wiped out. The immediacy of television was the key. As news happened
viewers would watch it unfold live; no longer would we have to rely on people
interpreting and distorting the news for us. We would be watching sporting
events and symphony orchestras. Instead of going to the movies, the movies would
come to us. Television would also bring about world peace. If we were able to
see people in other countries and learn about our differences, why would there
be any misunderstandings? War would be a thing of the past.
~Evan I. Schwartz, The Last Lone Inventor, about Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television
Imagine what it would be like if TV actually were good. It would be the end of
everything we know.
In Beverley Hills, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into
If you read a lot of books, you're considered well-read. But if you watch a lot
of TV, you're not considered well-viewed.
The same media people that claim violence on TV doesn't influence people, are
perfectly willing to sell you advertising time.
I have come to the feeling about television the way I do about hamburgers: I eat
a lot of hamburgers and I don't remember a single one of them.
~John Barrow, 1973
If it weren't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be
eating frozen radio dinners.
There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum
cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment possibilities than the TV set.
~Harriet van Horne
When television came roaring in after the war (World War II) they did a little
school survey asking children which they preferred and why - television or
radio. And there was this 7-year-old boy who said he preferred radio "because
the pictures were better."
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