Television

 

Buckminster Fuller

"Television is the third parent."
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Lee Lovinger
“Television is simply automated day-dreaming.”
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Jason Love
“So long as there's a jingle in your head, television isn't free.”
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Samuel Goldwyn
“Television has raised writing to a new low.”
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Fred Allen
“The triumph of machine over people.”
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Ani Difranco
“Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.”
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Murray Schumach
“Television is the bland leading the bland.”
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William C. Westmoreland
“Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.”
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Ann Landers

"Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other."
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Dennis Norden
“Dictum on television scripts: We don't want it good - we want it Tuesday.”
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S. J. Hayakawa
“In the age of television, image becomes more important than substance.”
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Erma Bombeck
“In general my children refuse to eat anything that hasn't danced on television.”
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Jason Love
“I could have been a doctor, but there were too many good shows on TV.”
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Andy Warhol
“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.”
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Kate Moody
“Television tends to overpower and desensitize a child’s sense of sympathy for suffering.”
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Nicholas Johnson
“All television is educational television.  The question is:  what is it teaching?”
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Author Unknown
“Television has changed a child from an irresistible force to an immovable object.”
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Orson Welles
“I hate television.  I hate it as much as peanuts.  But I can't stop eating peanuts.”
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Carl Sandburg
"The impact of television on our culture is just indescribable."
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Ernie Kovacs
“Television:  A medium - so called because it is neither rare nor well done.”
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Woody Allen
“In Beverley Hills, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into television shows.”  
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Lily Tomlin
“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.”
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Author Unknown
“The same media people that claim violence on TV doesn't influence people, are perfectly willing to sell you advertising time.”
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John Barrow
“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.”
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Joseph B. Wirthlin:
“If television viewing choices serve as a valid measure of our society, they who choose evil surely are more numerous than they who choose good.”
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Randal Wright
“The problem with TV today is not just too much sex, violence, profanity, dishonesty or crude behavior. It is too much TV, period.”
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Alfred Hitchcock
“Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.”
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Joey Adams
“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.”
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Donna Gephart
“Today, watching television often means fighting, violence and foul language - and that's just deciding who gets to hold the remote control.”
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David Frost
“Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.”
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David O. McKay
"We must not close our eyes to the fact that there are conspiring men who would pollute young boys, and girls of corresponding age, for sake of increasing profits."
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Alice Walker
“I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.”
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David Brinkley
“The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.”
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Author Unknown
The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel.
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Kurt Vonnegut
“One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”
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Kurt Vonnegut
“Thanks to TV and for the convenience of TV, you can only be one of two kinds of human beings, either a liberal or a conservative.”
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone
“I think that parents only get so offended by television because they rely on it as a babysitter and the sole educator of their kids.”
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Sam Goldwyn
“Why should people pay good money to go out and see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?”
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Author Unknown
“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.”
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Art Buchwald
“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.”
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Edward R. Murrow
“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”
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New York Times 1939
“TV will never be a serious competitor for radio because people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn't time for it.”
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Andrew Ross
“The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”
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Daniel Marsh 1950
“If the television craze continues with the present level of programs, we are destined to have a nation of morons.”
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Marvin Minksy
“Imagine what it would be like if TV actually were good.  It would be the end of everything we know.”
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Leo Anthony Gallagher
“I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence.  They got one marked "brightness" but it don't work, does it?”
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Rod Serling
“How can you put on a meaningful drama when, every fifteen minutes, proceedings are interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits with toilet paper?”
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Groucho Marx
I find television to be very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. 
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Jack Paar
"I have never seen a bad television program, because I refuse to. God gave me a mind, and a wrist that turns things off."
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Ezra Taft Benson
"Records, radio, television, movies, magazines--all are monopolized by the money managers who are guided by one ethic, the words wealth and power."
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Author Unknown
“The average 6 year old child in America has spent more time watching TV than an entire lifetime talking to their fathers.”
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Randal Wright
“Isn't it interesting that we place deadbolt locks on our doors to keep evil influences out and then allow and even invite evil influences into our home through television.
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E.H. Methvin
“The typical youngster graduating from high school will have spent almost twice as much time in front of the television as in the classroom--the equivalent of ten years of 40-hour weeks.”
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Rose K. Goldsen
"TV is more than just s little fun and entertainment. It's a whole environment, and what it does bears an unpleasant resemblance to behavior modification on a mass scale."
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Gordon B. Hinckley
"I hope you are reading to your children, out loud.  That's much better than watching television, much better.  They won't get very much out of television except some bad thoughts."
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Mignon McLaughlin
“Each day, the American housewife turns toward television as toward a lover.  She feels guilty about it, and well she might, for he's covered with warts and is only after her money.”
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Victor B. Cline:
“The amount of violence a child sees at 7 predicts how violent he will be at 17, 27 and 37. . . . Children’s minds are like banks—whatever you put in, you get back 10 years later with interest
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Clive Barnes
“Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.”
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Lee Loevinger
“Television is the literature of the illiterate, the culture of the low-brow, the wealth of the poor, the privilege of the underprivileged, the exclusive club of the excluded masses.”
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National Institute of Mental Health
“Television is a physically passive activity and generally discourages creative play. It can encourage a certain kind of passivity which leads to a “show me or entertain me” orientation by children.
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Ben Logan
“Some children lose the ability to learn from reality because life’s experiences are more complicated than those seen on the screen. Teachers and parents, therefore, suffer by comparison when they cannot solve problems in thirty to sixty minutes.
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Ray Bradbury
“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.
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Gordon B. Hinckley
“I am suggesting that we spend a little less time in idleness, in the fruitless pursuit of watching inane and empty television programs. Time so utilized can be put to better advantage, and the consequences will be wonderful.”
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Michael Medved
"If we wait for the entertainment industry to change its fundamental values, we may be waiting a long time. But we don't have to wait another day to scale back our own private consumption of television."
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Randal Wright
"It's a paradox that most parents would never let their children associate with an undesirable person in their neighborhood, but many think nothing of letting them associate with the same type every day on TV.
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Ezra Taft Benson
"Now, what of the entertainment that is available to our young people today?  Are you being undermined right in your homes through your television, radio, slick magazines, and rock music records?"
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Randal Wright
“The television industry claims they are only reflecting society with their programming and have no influence on behavior. If that is the case then why do businesses spend millions on TV ads that have no influence?
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Edward Grimsley
"Many people will wonder why governments that are clever enough to devise ways to shield children from the dangers of prayer in classrooms should not be clever enough to shield them from the evils of vulgarity in entertainment."
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Hugh Nibley
"Why do people feel guilty about TV?  What is wrong with it?  Just this: it shuts out all the wonderful things of which the mind is capable, leaving it drugged in a state of thoughtless stupor."
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Ellen B. De Franco
“Before television, children played together more often, played outdoors more, spent more time being creative and inventive, and read more. Parents and children spent more time together, talked together more, shared more joint projects and chores, and ate more meals together.”
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Ezra Taft Benson
“The leisure time of children must be constructively directed to wholesome, positive pursuits. Too much time viewing television can be destructive…It is estimated that growing children today watch television over twenty-five hours per week.”
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Michael Medved
"Frightening media messages...pervade the news business, which really ought to be called "the bad news business" for its preoccupation with disaster and destruction. In broadcast journalism, killing is almost always covered, while kindness is almost always ignored. The more alarming a news item is, the more attention it receives."
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M. Russell Ballard
“Televised violence has become so pervasive that the average high school student by graduation has seen eighteen thousand murders and many other acts of violence and sin. This being the case today, more parental review and monitoring is needed to protect our families from the current flood of TV violence and the effect it has on us
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H. Burke Peterson
“Have you the courage to keep out of your home some television shows that are filled with suggestive sexual conversation—and even experiences? Have you thought lately how effective these shows are in piercing even the strongest spirits? …We must not feed ourselves a diet of trash!”
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David B. Haight
"Parents…rigidly monitor the selection of television programs…and other forms of entertainment for your family. Foster in your homes a love of knowledge through uplifting literature; wholesome books; selective movies; classical and exemplary popular music; entertainment that uplifts and edifies the spirit and mind."
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Michael Medved
"...Every day of the week they (TV Talk Shows) dredge up some human tragedy or new perversion and triumphantly display it for all America to share. I've seen an advertisement for a talk show on the subject "Lesbians Who Beat Up Transvestites." Now there's a major social problem that deserves hard-hitting TV exposure!"
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Franz Von Geusau
‘TV intrudes on family life, paralyzes attention for others, and shuts off communication in the family. Hours of passive watching are replacing the precious moments of togetherness around the family dinner table for quiet talk and exchange of the day’s experiences and the precious moments of working together, playing games, or making music.”
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Reo M. Christenson
“The steady drip, drip, drip of movie-TV sexual attitudes on our society has carried us far since 1965. This subversive influence on the young seems undiminished today. When the next Gibbon writes about the Decline and Fall of America, he won't be talking about communism; the entertainment industry will be the villain. It is winning America's heart while ravaging its soul."
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George Bush
“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.”
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Jim Urbanovich
“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.”
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Author Unknown
“By the age of six the average child will have completed the basic American education.... From television, the child will have learned how to pick a lock, commit a fairly elaborate bank holdup, prevent wetness all day long, get the laundry twice as white, and kill people with a variety of sophisticated armaments.”
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Gordon B. Hinckley
“Television is perhaps the greatest medium ever discovered to teach and educate and even to entertain. But the filth, the rot, the violence, and the profanity that spew from television screens into our homes is deplorable. It is a sad commentary on our society. The fact that a television set is on six or seven hours every day in most of the homes of America says something of tremendous importance.”
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Gordon B. Hinckley
“It is naive to believe that a steady diet of blatant immorality, played out nightly in our living rooms, has no effect on people. I am always curious when individuals insist that what they watch on television or in movie theaters doesn’t affect them. . . . Are we really to believe that hours, leading to years, of television viewing will not affect attitudes about everything from family life to appropriate sexual relations?”
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Joseph B. Wirthlin
“Another activity that can detract us from the proper way is watching television excessively or viewing improper movies. While fine productions on these media are uplifting and entertaining, we need to be very selective in choosing what we see and how much of our time such an activity deserves. Our precious time must not be diverted to the sideline attractions of vulgar language, immoral conduct, pornography, and violence.”
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Michael Medved
"Unfortunately our children today seem to spend less and less time with their overworked parents, and so they draw more information about the world from the images on movie and TV screens. The true power of the media is the ability to redefine reality, to alter our expectations about what constitutes normal life. TV and the movies have abused that power by advancing the notion that wholesome, ordinary happiness is impossible."
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Fredric Wertham
"Through TV and moving pictures a child may see more violence in thirty minutes than the average adult experiences in a lifetime.  What children see on the screen is violence as an almost casual commonplace of daily living.  Violence becomes the fundamental principle of society, the natural law of humanity.  Killing is as common as taking a walk, a gun more natural than an umbrella.  Children learn to take pride in force and to feel ashamed of ordinary sympathy.  They are encouraged to forget that people have feelings."
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Urie Bronfenbrenner
"Like the sorcerer of old, the television set casts its magic spell, freezing speech and action, turning the living into silent statues so long as the enchantment lasts. The primary danger of the television screen lies not so much in the Behavior it produces, although there is danger there, as in the behavior it prevents: the talks, the games, the family festivities... through which much of the child's learning takes place and through which his character is formed. Turning on the television set can turn off the process that transforms children into people"
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Fedric Wertham
“The desensitization manifests itself on different levels. Children have an inborn capacity for sympathy. But that sympathy has to be cultivated. This is one of the most delicate points in the education process. And it is this point that the mass media trample on. Even before the natural feelings of compassion have a chance to develop, the fascination of overpowering and hurting others is displayed in endless profusion. Before the soil is prepared for sympathy, the seeds of sadism are planted. The clinical result is that feelings for others are interfered with. These youngsters show a coarsening of responses and an unfeeling attitude.”
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