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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009, 4:16 A.M.

Quote of the Day — April 26, 2009

Good morning, Netizens...

The quote of the day comes from British writer Clive Barnes, who is frequently cited as thus:

Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.

Clive Barnes

Now that is a question which keeps poll-takers up late at nights, scratching their heads, manipulating numbers and attempting to project which television shows will “work” next season.

More than anything else, television shapes our news habits, for as several world-reknown journalists have observed, you can get a television viewers to sit vapidly in front of the Tube watching all the news of the day in half-hour segments with the clicker in their hands, but you cannot get them to read a morning newspaper.

Why is that, do you think?

Is it literacy or the lack thereof? Does television news give you something you cannot get from subscribing to and reading the morning paper? Is it the cost factor, that you never sense the cost of cable TV lurking behind the scenes when you are watching Randy Shaw, but you have to pay the Spokesman for reading the news?

Or, as Clive Barnes put it so eloquently, are the essentials which people have come to expect from television more terrifying than most would believe?


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