TV kills!

I keep telling everybody that TV is injurious to your (mental) health, but does anyone listen?

Why should they?
They didn’t when Gerry Mander presented his Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, and he was in a position to know.

Family watching television, c. 1958
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A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is
the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its
problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous —
to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic
processes — that TV ought to be eliminated forever.

Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author
ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined
and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening
image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are “neutral,” benign
instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound
doubt. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, “as absurd
as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns.”

This isn’t new. The book dates from 1978.

As far as the article in the Vancouver sun goes, I suspect that the same applies to ‘internet addiction’: stuck in front of a computer all day.

Oh, wait! Isn’t that my job?


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