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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2003 12:56 am 
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I would appreciate it if any readers can list any and preferably only positive, eloquent, witty, or humorous quotations made about television, or why someone was or is, so obsessed with it, or finds it so addictive.

The challenge with this request, is when most readers think about television, it's thought of in terms of negative connotations and only negative quotations that have been made.


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I ran into this one on Doc Searls' Weblog the other day:
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What television does is rent us friends and relatives who are quite satisfactory. The child watching TV loves these people, you know -- they're in color, and they're talking to the child. Why wouldn't a child relate to these people? And you know, if you can't sleep at 3 o'clock in the morning, you can turn on a switch, and there are your friends and relatives, and they obviously like you. And they're charming. Who wouldn't want Peter Jennings for a relative? This is quite something, to rent artificial friends and relatives right inside the house...they are very commonly more satisfactory friends and relatives than what most people really have. And so, sure, it's analgesic, it's comforting. So many people have awful friends and relatives.
-- Kurt Vonnegut, from this interview in Salon


And my favorite semi-positive Television quote:
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The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel.
-- From "Taxi"

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Results from Laura Moncur's Motivational Quotations:
[Television is] the triumph of machine over people.
Fred Allen (1894 - 1956)
- More quotations on: [Television]


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