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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

I read Jerry Mander's "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" a few years ago. It's a good read.


Here is the wikipedia article about it:



Another book I've heard of, but haven't read, is called "Airwaves from Hell". Here it is on Amazon:



Have you read any good books about why it's not a good idea to watch television that you would like to share with us?

post #2 of 8

It's a bit dated at this point, but "Endangered Minds" by Jane M. Healy, PhD is quite good. She goes into the physiological effects of television on the developing brain, which I found interesting, and discusses how even "good T.V" (i.e., Sesame Street) can be problematic.

post #3 of 8

Another oldie but goodie is Marie Winn's The Plug-In Drug. I know I have more books on the subject, but they're at home and I'm at work right now! winky.gif 

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

I don't own the books I mentioned, but for those of you who do own books you're sharing, would you mind giving excerpts or telling us what you learned from the book? Also, did the book convince you to have a TV-free home, or affirm convictions you already had?

post #5 of 8

Thanks Catholic Mama. :) We are coming off our 2 month netflix binge (again.) Happens every year at this time.

These links will be good to motivate!

post #6 of 8

Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, 1985. Maybe a little strong...but will strengthen your convictions and your argument! It's about how the constant state of being entertained erodes one's ability to think critically, and how the medium of television manipulates one's understanding of the world.

post #7 of 8
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Thank you Invierna. I think I've heard of that and I just ordered "Airwaves from Hell"; I hope to own all the books we mentioned by this time next year.


Here's a suggestion: for those of us who own the books we're recommending, could we post excerpts or summarize especially helpful parts (while working within copyright laws)? That way we can all benefit even if it's not feasible for us to own the books.

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

Yippee! I now own "Airwaves From Hell" by Fr. Frank Poncelet, "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television" by Jerry Mander, and "The Plug-in Drug" by Marie Winn!


Though it has some good parts, I don't recommend "Airwaves From Hell" because of its mixed-up and most likely wrong theology. I read Jerry Mander's book years ago and I will start reading Marie Winn's book tonight. If you have any questions about any of the three, ask away! I was thinking that I will start a new discussion for each book so I will start doing that with "The Plug-in Drug" in a few days.


I hope you're all having a good winter! Please feel free to share any other relevant books with us.

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