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Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.
~ Alfred Hitchcock

 

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Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.
~ Nathalie Sarraute

 

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Television is actually closer to reality than anything in books. The madness of TV is the madness of human life.
~ Camille Paglia

 

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Television is an excellent system when one has nothing to lose, as is the case with a nomadic and rootless country like the United States, but in Europe the affect of television is that of a bulldozer which reduces culture to the lowest possible denominator.
~ Marc Fumaroli

 

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Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your Living room by people you wouldn't have in your house.
~ David Frost

 

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Television is becoming a collage -- there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.
~ David Hockney

 

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Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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Television thrives on unreason, and unreason thrives on television. It strikes at the emotions rather than the intellect.
~ Sir Robin Day

 

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Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.
~ Malcolm Muggeridge

 

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Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
~ Raymond Chandler

 

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Television, despite its enormous presence, turns out to have added pitifully few lines to the communal memory.
~ Justin Kaplan

 

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The answers to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle, they're on TV!
~ Homer Simpson

 

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The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.
~ Norman Mailer

 

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The great networks are there to prove that ideas can be canned like spaghetti. If everything ends up by tasting like everything else, is that not the evidence that it has been properly cooked?
~ Frederic Raphael

 

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The most puzzling thing about TV is the steady advance of the sponsor across the line that has always separated news from promotion, entertainment from merchandising. The advertiser has assumed the role of originator, and the performer has gradually been eased into the role of peddler.
~ E(lwyn) B(rooks) White

 

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The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.
~ Andrew Ross

 

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The television screen, so unlike the movie screen, sharply reduced human beings, revealed them as small, trivial, flat, in two banal dimensions, drained of color. Wasn't there something reassuring about it! -- that human beings were in fact merely images of a kind registered in one another's eyes and brains, phenomena composed of microscopic flickering dots like atoms. They were atoms -- nothing more. A quick switch of the dial and they disappeared and who could lament the loss?
~ Joyce Carol Oates

 

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There is nothing more mysterious than a TV set left on in an empty room. It is even stranger than a man talking to himself or a woman standing dreaming at her stove. It is as if another planet is communicating with you.
~ Jean Baudrillard

 

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There's a good deal in common between the mind's eye and the TV screen, and though the TV set has all too often been the boobtube, it could be, it can be, the box of dreams.
~ Ursula K. Le Guin

 

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