"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." — Neil Postman in his book "The Disappearance of Childhood".
"But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit and loss sheet or rating book to distract you — and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.
You will see a procession of game shows, violence, audience participation 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, commercials — many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you will see a few things you will enjoy. But they will be very, very few. And if you think I exaggerate, try it."
Newton Minow, Chairman of the FCC, from a speech "Television and the Public Interest", May 1961.
Other than the fact that most stations don’t "sign off", has anything changed in 40+ years?
So don’t tell me hate is ever right or God’s will
These are the wheels we put in motion ourselves
And the whole world weeps and is weeping still
Though shaken I still believe
the best of what we all can be
And the only peace this world will know
can only come from love
— Carrie Newcomer, "I Heard an Owl" from the album The Gathering of Spirits