Growing Up on Television
The TV Effect
I was halfway through college when this was published so I am certain I wasn’t completely ruined by television. Certainly this is not for lack of trying, but where I grew up there were only 3 channels and one was kind of fuzzy at that. (Evidently my complete knowledge of the finer points of Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island and The Love Boat are not necessarily a good thing.) The author claims that TV is responsible for increased aggression, declining attention, poor grades, lack of reading skills and a whole host of social problems. The whole argument reminds me of the how the Rock and Roll, the Internet, texting, video games,etc are always the next ruinous thing for our children.