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Monday, December 25, 2017

Thornton P. Knowles On Television

Many people used to refer to television as the "boob-tube." At first, TV watching was not something a lot of people wanted to admit to. "Oh, I don't watch much TV," they'd lie. So, who were the boobs, the people who watched TV, or the people who were on TV? While the folks in the television business were beginning the process of lowering standards of good taste, they were at least getting paid for contaminating American culture. Novelists Truman Capote and Gore Vidal sold their books by becoming television personalities. It apparently didn't bother either writer that they made public fools of themselves, and made it difficult for novelists unwilling to become media whores. I don't find much on television, including sports and the news, interesting or useful. But that's okay, I'm used to being an oddball. I'll say this, though: television will change America, and the world, and not for the better.

Thornton P. Knowles    

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