Building on my first post, below is an excerpt from Ronald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. In the same vein as Neil Postman, his concern is not just the “bad” content on television but the medium itself and the kinds of habits and character it builds. This is due to the very nature of the medium. Neither Postman nor Dahl were Luddites, eschewing all technology, but they were thoughtful users of technology who saw both its blessings and curses … and they were calling us to be the same. Of course, their criticism of television applies all the more to the explosion of devices in our day: smart phones, tablets, etc.
“The most important thing we’ve learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set —
Or better still, just don’t install
The idiotic thing at all. Continue reading “Never, never, never let them near your television set …”