ko.yan.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi
Language) n. 1. crazy life. 2. life
TV 'is bad for children'
"When television is good, nothing -- not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers -- nothing is better.
"But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit and loss sheet or rating book to distract you -- and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.
"You will see a procession of game shows, violence, audience participation shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And, endlessly, commercials -- many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you will see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, try it."
-- Newton N. Minow, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in a speech titled "Television and the Public Interest," delivered on May 9, 1961 at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Washington, DC
Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor
By Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi