'The Idiot Box'


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Interviewees discuss the notion of television as lacking educational value or redeeming qualities.

Highlights
Former FCC Chairman Newton Minow on what he was trying to convey in his 1961 "Vast Wasteland" speech
Charlie Andrews on the decline in the quality of television from the 1950s to the 1960s
Norman Felton on the need for media literacy
Jim McKay on the challenge for TV to fill thousands of hours with quality programming
Howard Rosenberg on television at its worst
Fred Silverman on the reaction of television critics to ABC programs The Love Boat and Fantasy Island
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Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on the decline in the quality of television from the 1950s to the 1960s

Norman Felton

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Norman Felton on the need for media literacy

Louise Lasser

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Louise Lasser on the second season of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, and on the show's critique of television

Jim McKay

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Jim McKay on the challenge for TV to fill thousands of hours with quality programming

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on Newton N. Minow's "vast wasteland" speech, critical of television

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on television at its worst

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on television and society, and how television tends to reflect the national psyche (the topic of her 2011 TED Talk)

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