The New York Times opines on television in 1939

Clearly. (Image: Shala Howell)

“The problem with television is that people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn’t time for it.”

–The New York Times, 1939

As quoted by Tom Vanderbilt in his article for the Spring 2012 Wilson Quarterly on the introduction of the telephone in 1876. The whole article is interesting (I think legitimately so, and not just because I wrote for the telecoms industry for years).

Check it out: The Call of the Future (Wilson Quarterly).


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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