…but they could have been written yesterday.
“When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.
“But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.”
— Newton N. Minow, Chairman of the FCC, 1961-63
You can read the entire speech HERE : http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/newtonminow.htm