Television is democracy at its ugliest.
There are no plain women on television.
Television is for appearing on, not looking at.
Television is becoming a collage—there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.
If it weren’t for Philo T Farnsworth, inventor of TV, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners.
There was no sex in Ireland before television.
Oliver J Flanagan
Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
Television thrives on unreason, and unreason thrives on television. It strikes at the emotions rather than the intellect.
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
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(This story appears in the 13 June, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)