Monday, May 24, 2021

One of the Best Uses of Television

A dedicated graduate student I know returned to his small apartment the night before a major examination only to discover that his solitary lamp was broken beyond repair. After a whiff of panic, he was able to restore both his equanimity and his chances for a satisfactory grade by turning on the television set, turning off the sound, and with his back to the set, using its light to read important passages on which he was to be tested. This is one use of television - as a source of illuminating the printed page.

- From Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman

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