Television is chewing gum for the eyes

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Yet there is no sorrier sight to watch then the vacant faces of those former high school and college students when, at thirty-five or fifty, all their mental alertness having vanished, the spark gone from their eyes, they dutifully chew their gum to keep from yawning, while absorbing the chewing gum for the eyes of the movies or the chewing gum for the ears of the radio.

The same men who once read , Molière, Byron glance at the headlines of their tabloid papers, turn straight to the page of the funnies, to devour them with the same dutiful sense of boredom as they swallow their hamburger at lunchtime and their highball after dinner.

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  1. tsisageya

    One gazillion years ago, I read a book by Jerry Mander (funny name) called Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. It turns out that he was very prophetic. He’s written other books since then: In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations.

    I guess he’s real and has no agenda. I assume he’s not a simulated human. Either way, he spoke the truth to me, and continues to do so.

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