Vast Wasteland

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Vast Wasteland

Today I found a quote that sums up my lack of desire to watch TV. Its from the website Mashable.

“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.

You will see a procession of game 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 commercial” many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you’ll see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, I only ask you to try it.”– Newton N. Minow, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman to the convention of the National Association of Broadcasters on May 9, 1961.

Using the 1960 to 1961 TV ratings, the top programs in the U.S. 50 years ago included:

  • Gunsmoke
  • Wagon Train
  • Have Gun Will Travel
  • The Andy Griffith Show
  • The Real McCoys
  • Rawhide
  • Candid Camera
  • The Untouchables
  • The Price is Right
  • The Jack Benny Show

In 2011, the top 10 primetime programs in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic for the week ending May 1, 2011 include:

  • American Idol (Wednesday)
  • American Idol (Thursday)
  • VOICE
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • The Office
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • Dancing with the Stars (Results)
  • Glee
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • Survivor: Redemption Island

In Mashable’s Poll What era was the bigger wasteland 44% of the voters chose that “Television Sucks.” That sums up my malaise quit well.

By |2013-11-05T10:58:05+00:00May 10th, 2011|Categories: TV|Tags: |5 Comments

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