Television Quotes


"By the time a child finishes high school,
he will have spent 18,000 hours with the "TV curriculum,"
and only 12,000 hours with the school curriculum."
-- Kate Moody --

"Television has probably rewired the collective nervous system,
making discontinuity the norm of perception,
shortening the collective attention span down toward the vanishing point."
-- Todd Gitlin/ INSIDE PRIME TIME --

"During prime time, the message of television is quite clear and consistent:
there is no problem, however serious,
whether it falls within the domain of a policeman,
a private detective, a doctor, a lawyer, or any of the other TV heroes,
which cannot be fully resolved in an hour,
to the satisfaction of the law, the participants, and the viewers.
And the solution is almost always achieved by an act of violence."
-- Mankiewiz & Swerdlow/ REMOTE CONTROL --

"On TV, murder is 200 times more prevalent than it is in reality..
Television crime is 12 times more violent than crime in real life."
-- Dr. Leonard Eron --

"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 either a new and unbearable disturbance of the general peace, or a saving radiance in the sky.
We shall stand or fall by television -- of that I am quite sure."
-- E.B. White/ THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE (written in 1938) --

"Children between the ages of 2 and 5 comprise the largest TV audience in the USA.
In home after home, preschoolers spend over 30 hours a week glued to the TV set.
A substantial number watch up to 60 hours of TV a week."
-- Piers & Landau/ THE GIFT OF PLAY