50 years of TV’s “Vast Wasteland”

“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 each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.”
–Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Newton N. Minow in a speech to the convention of the National Association of Broadcasters on May 9, 1961.

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One Response to 50 years of TV’s “Vast Wasteland”

  1. Information has always been communicated with the help of commerce. In the ad agency business, we argue whether TV is a wasteland but not whether it is vast. Here is a perspective: http://admajoremblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/changing-role-of-tv.html


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