"I have learned a hell of a lot through watching film and television. That's where most of my knowledge comes from, is the TV. Discovery Channel! Endless assimilating. I'm like [the] Borg. I assimilate information from telly."
on Dress to Kill DVD
"There's so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy
in the streets?"
"If I can't picture it, I can't understand it."
"All of the books in the world contain no more information
than is broadcast as video in a single large American city
in a single year. Not all bits have equal value."
aren't taught the language of sound and images,
shouldn't they be considered as illiterate as if they
left college without being able to read or write?"
Pam Sorooshian wrote,
"I went looking for any decent studies on the effects of tv on
children and came across this new study - statistical one involving
300,000 children over many years."
We find strong evidence against the prevailing wisdom that
childhood television viewing causes
harm to cognitive or educational development. Our preferred point
estimate indicates that an
additional year of preschool television exposure raises average test
scores by about .02 standard
deviations. We are able to reject negative effects larger than about .
03 standard deviations per
year of television exposure. For reading and general knowledge scores–
domains where intuition
and existing evidence suggest that learning from television could be
important–we find marginally
statistically significant positive effects. http://faculty.chicagobooth.edu/jesse.shapiro/research/tv.pdf
OTHER OUTSIDE LINKS:
Revolution in a Box, Foreign Policy Magazine, November/December 2009
What is TV doing in the 21st century? This hopeful article says many things, including that it helps create "a world more equal for women, healthier, better governed, more united in response to global tragedy, and more likely to vote for local versions of American Idol than shoot at people."
Is "I Love Lucy" Educational?
by Jan Hunt, The Natural Child Project
Don't Blame TV for ADHD Symptoms
"While previous studies have linked early television exposure to attention problems, a new study in the March  issue of Pediatrics failed to find a connection between ADHD and TV viewing habits."
Little kids watch TV—alert the media!
by Jacob Sollum