The Inspiration Behind Issue 10
"Television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse
and insulate us." - Edward R. Murrow
"We're strip-mining our children's minds and we're doing it for
commercial profit without any concern for the longer-term consequences
for them and for our society." - Vice-President Albert Gore
"But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to
sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the
air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit-and-loss
sheet or rating book to distract you - and keep your eyes glued to that
set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe
a vast wasteland." - Newton Minow, previous Chairman of the FCC,
"If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet
that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last
of them would know the theme song from the Beverly Hillbillies."
- Dave Barry
"Literature has taken a back seat to television, don't you think?
It really has. We don't have a culture anymore that favors the creation
of writers, or supports them very well." - Tennessee Williams
MADDIE: David, may I please have some answers?!
DAVID: Delaware, all of the above, ninety degrees.
MADDIE: Just when I think you've gone as low as you can go, you find
"It's only TV. It's not brain surgery." -Deborah Norville
"The problem with television isn't sex, or even violence. It's
the insidious way it has, when you watch enough of it, of convincing
you that life is elsewhere." - Rosemary Graham, English professor
I never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television. ---Gore Vidal