by Jerry Mander - £11.99 Other India Press (1998)
paperback ISBN 13: 9788185569383 | ISBN 10: 818556938x
A total departure from writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous - to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes - that TV ought to be eliminated forever.
Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are "neutral", benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt. Speaking of TV reform is, in the words of the author, "as absurd as speaking of the reform of a technology such as guns."
"The case against TV has never been made more effectively. It should be read by all addicts and anyone contemplating participation in the desertification of the mind to which TV leads."
(Ashley Montagu, Anthropologist and author of 'The Nature of Human Aggression)
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