- “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.
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