The Idiot Box vs. Humanity

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“After forty-odd years, the evidence is everywhere that television, far from proving a great tool of education, is a tool of stupefaction and disintegration.”
Wendell Berry

“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books.”
Roald Dahl

“Throw out the radio and take down the fiddle from the wall.” Andrew Lytle

22 thoughts on “The Idiot Box vs. Humanity”

      1. Same here, we gave the big 40 some inch TV away. Have a little one sits on a shelf for movies. TV programs are so bad now, nothing but commercials and just plain non interesting things. The birds at my bird feeder are more entertaining.

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      1. Mike…never fear…I excerise daily for about 2 hours per day, I am in top physical shape as a dancer (I taught dance for years and even had my own dance studio for ballet) and I read and write all time. Whereas TV, for the most part is so boring. Karen 🙂

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      2. Mike, sorry it has taken so long to reply, I have been on vacation and don’t worry, I am anything but passive. I just jump right in to whatever I wish to do. I have great self-confidence, always have, because I can do and be anything I choose. How is that for being non-passive. Karen 🙂

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  1. As John Denver once wisely advised, “Blow up your t.v…” I have one to watch my collection of movies; other than that, nada. As others have mentioned, the phone is getting almost as bad as the t.v. in helping to dumb-down the country and I agree. Enjoyed the post.

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  2. I couldn’t agree more!! I was raised only watching ABC – Dr Who and Monkey Magic lol – but no ads – until my parents weakened with my younger brother when I was ten.
    I got rid of our tv over ten years ago:) When my eldest was in yr 12 and an English assignment was due in regards to TV crap – she had to go watch it at Nana’s ha:)

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  3. he simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. French post-structuralist philosopher and cultural theorist Jean Baudrillard’s theory from his 1981 text Simulacra and Simulation, that meaning in modern life has been replaced by symbols and that all human existence merely simulates reality, has become the future of television. Baudrillard claims that society has “replaced all reality and meaning with symbols and signs, and that human experience is of a simulation of reality”.

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    1. We are indeed veering that way. That’s why it’s more important than ever that we go out of our way to experience and appreciate the real whenever we can.


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