Philo began laying out his vision for

Later in the ride, Philo began laying out his vision for what television could become.  Above all else, he told Pem,… television would become the world’s greatest teaching tool.  Illiteracy would be wiped out.  The immediacy of television was the key.  As news happened viewers would watch it unfold live; no longer would we have to rely on people interpreting and distorting the news for us.  We would be watching sporting events and symphony orchestras.  Instead of going to the movies, the movies would come to us.  Television would also bring about world peace.  If we were able to see people in other countries and learn about our differences, why would there be any misunderstandings?  War would be a thing of the past.  ~Evan I. Schwartz, The Last Lone Inventor, about Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television

We cannot blame the schools alone for

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.  ~George Bush

I believe television is going to be

I believe television is going to be the test of the modern world, and that in this new opportunity to see beyond the range of our vision, we shall discover a new and unbearable disturbance of the modern peace, or a saving radiance in the sky.  We shall stand or fall by television – of that I am quite sure.  ~E.B. White

Television keeps the masses occupied what if

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.  ~Jim Urbanovich

Television hangs on the questionable theory that

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.  ~E.B. White

Televisions perfect you turn a few knobs

Television is really what we’ve been looking for all our lives…. It took a certain amount of effort to go to the movies…. Radio was a lot better, but there wasn’t anything to look at…. You had to use a little imagination to build yourself a picture of what was going on just by the sound.  But [T]elevision’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.  You don’t have to concentrate.  You don’t have to react.  You don’t have to remember.  You don’t miss your brain because you don’t need it.  Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally.  Apart from that, all is peace and quiet.  You are in the man’s nirvana.  And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and say you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind.  He probably hasn’t got the price of a television set.  ~Raymond Chandlerletter to editor, Atlantic Monthly, 22 November 1950

The publishers and others should quit worrying

The publishers and others should quit worrying about losing customers to TV.  The guy who can sit through a trio of deodorant commercials to look at Flashgun Casey or swallow a flock of beer and loan-shark spiels in order to watch a couple of fourth-rate club fighters rub noses on the ropes is not losing any time from book reading.  ~Raymond Chandler, 1946letter to his agent H.N. Swanson, July 1946