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Quotes of the Day for 9 May 2003 – Vast Wasteland

On this day in 1961, then FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow described television as a 'vast wasteland'. I wasn't involved, being very young and living in a house without a TV set. Now I live in a house with a huge TV and 180 channels of satellite programming, and it's still a wasteland. The national average is to watch over six hours per day, I don't watch six hours per week - and most of that is reruns of M*A*S*H. (We used to watch a lot more, but they canceled every show we cared about.) So I have this snooty attitude about television, and here's a set of quotes to match.

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The quotes:

Television has done much for psychiatry, by spreading information about it as well as contributing to the need for it.
     - Alfred Hitchcock, 1899 - 1980

If television encouraged us to work as much as it encourages us to do everything else, we could better afford to buy more of everything it advertises.
     - Cullen Hightower

Television: A medium. So called because it is neither rare nor well done.
     - Ernie Kovacs

Time has convinced me of one thing: Television is for appearing on - not for looking at.
     - Noel Coward

I hate television. I hate it as much as I hate peanuts. But I can not stop eating peanuts.
     - Orson Welles, 1915 - 1985

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
     - Rod Serling


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