4 Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Don't read this book unless you're prepared for your paradigms to get shaken up!
The main argument in this book is that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are dangerous to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes. The author calls for an elimination of all television, forever.
One interesting thing about this book is that it was written before there was much research on the effects of TV, and yet he really hits the nail on the head with his theories.
Mander proposes that television is only useful as an advertising medium and creates entire industries around products that aren't even needed. The book raises the question of whether it is healthy for images to be taken into the mind passively that are nearly impossible to eliminate. He points out the addictive nature of television, how it puts viewers in a trance and how television "homogenizes" the human experience.
You don't have to be a Luddite to appreciate the message of the book however, and I highly recommend it to any parent who is concerned about the power television has over their kids and their lives. You may obtain this book by clicking here.