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).

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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