Show 07: Television Addiction:
Are You At Risk?
(May 24, 2005 program)

 

KOYAANISQATSI

ko.yan.nis.qatsi (from the Hopi Language) n. 1. crazy life. 2. life
in turmoil. 3. life out of balance. 4. life disintegrating.
5. a state of life that calls for another way of living.

"Koyaanisqatsi" by Godfrey Reggio
movie released in 1983

in the movie "Koyaanisqatsi," modern life and technology are seen
as similar in both function and structure

 

an interview with Jerry Mander,
author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television



Television's Hidden Agenda

Short Attention Span Theatre Presents The Television Attention Deficit

 

Watching TV 'is bad for children'
BBC News

 

"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

 

Television Addiction Identification and Self-Help Guide

 

The Kaufman Spectrum of Television Addiction

click the picture to see the full version

 

Television Addiction Is No Mere Metaphor
By Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi