April 10, 2012
At least that’s what science fiction writer Ray Bradbury called that harmless little contraption with the cute ears.
“The television, the insidious beast, that Medusa freezing a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, very little.”
And he didn’t have 500 channels and crystal clear hi-def.
Although recent news indicates that we’re going to be watching slightly less of it.
But there is a catch.
Seems we’re just watching more Netflix and we're all streaming.
So we’re still staring into the Medusa; we’re not just watching as much regular television programming.
Marilyn Vos Savant, (born Marilyn Mach) who holds the Guinness record for the highest IQ of 228, suggests, in her book “Brain Building in Just 12 Weeks,” that TV reduces your capacity for rational thought since you’re presented with subjects that resolve themselves in a matter of minutes.
Of course, some of those experts are products of the television age (by the age of 65 you supposedly have watched nine years of it) so I’m not sure if anyone is rational enough to make that assumption.
Other savants think television, in no apparent order, contributes to violence, robs children of their innocence, corrupts our values, offers an escape from reality, eliminates conversation and makes us fat.
So what "evils" have you programmed for your remote favorites?