September 28, 2003
Contrary to popular opinion, there is nothing to watch on TV. I mean it. Nothing. Specifically, I mean that there is nothing good on, certainly nothing good enough to warrant the hours we spend watching it. With a few exceptions, such as the news and possibly Seinfeld, most of the shows on TV today are basically crap we would be better off ignoring. Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman have already proven this, but nobody listens. The industry of the televised image holds more and more sway over us each year, blinding us to its biases, messages and meanings. Call me an old-fashioned curmudgeon (which I'm not), but every one of you know that you stand to benefit vastly more from a good book than from any show on TV. Do your imagination a favor!