By Jerry Mander
a complete departure from earlier writing approximately tv, this booklet is the 1st ever to recommend that the medium isn't really reformable. Its difficulties are inherent within the expertise itself and are so harmful - to non-public well-being and sanity, to the surroundings, and to democratic strategies - that television must be eradicated forever.
Weaving own studies via meticulous examine, the writer levels broadly over facets of tv that experience not often been tested and not earlier than joined jointly, permitting a wholly new, scary photo to emerge. the concept all applied sciences are "neutral," benign tools that may be used good or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. talking of television reform is, within the phrases of the writer, "as absurd as talking of the reform of a expertise reminiscent of guns."
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