Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the
living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America- not on
the battlefields of Vietnam.
Television could perform a great service in mass education, but
there's no indication its sponsors have anything like this on their
Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you
wouldn't have in your home.
Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens
anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able
to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity
value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being
able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially
interested in almost nothing.
Television has a real problem. They have no page two.
Television has changed the American child from an irresistible
force to an immovable object.
-Laurence J. Peter
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information
about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy
Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than
Television has raised writing to a new low.
Television is a device that permits people who haven't anything to
do to watch people who can't do anything.
Television is a gift of God, and God will hold those who utilize
his divine instrument accountable to him.
-Philo T. Farnsworth
Television is a great leveler. You always end up sounding like the
people who ask the questions.
Television is a weapon of mass distractrion.
Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books.
The madness of TV is the madness of human life.
Television is an instrument which can paralyze this country.
-William C. Westmoreland
Television is democracy at its ugliest.
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn't
change people's habits. It just kept them inside the house.
Television is never more false than when it's openly sincere.
Television is not the truth. Television is a goddamned amusement
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 the people do want.
Television is the most perfect democracy. You sit there with your
remote control and vote.
Television leaves no external scars.
-Robert A. Heinlein
Television makes so much at its worst that it can't afford to do
-Fred W. Friendly
Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise,
lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and
then is suddenly gone.
Television series are like the stock market. There's room for bears
and bulls but no room for pigs.
Television turned out to be exactly as bad as the most irritating
and pedantic intellectuals of the '50s said it was going to be.
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.
Television... is not a substitute for print.
Television: A medium. So called because it's neither rare nor well
Television? The word is half Latin and half Greek. No good can come
-Charles P. Scott