By Harvey Tobkes

I propose that there is a reason literacy in the U.S. is stagnating and that reason is television. What one can gain by watching T.V., is relatively nil. Furthermore, the medium is an opiate, drugging us with brainless entertainment; viewers just love to sit in front of the “boob tube” in a state of blissful euphoria watching shows like “Survivor.”

Viewers do nothing in the way of enhancing their basic levels of intelligence. Reading books has become too painful and almost like a dose of Castor Oil or a laxative, so they avoid it. Unfortunately, once in a while, we all need a cathartic to cleanse the mind. TV producers will continue to feed us a diet of “programming for dummies” until the day we demand something a lot better.

Boy, are we in trouble!

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