A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inhere. Four Arguments for Eliminating Television. By Jerry Mander – Former Advertising Executive1. Synopsis and Comments by William H. Gross – Colorado Springs. This article presents a summary of the book titled “Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television,” by Jerry Mander. Mr. Mander holds BS and MS degrees in.

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This is not to suggest necessarily that the evidence is not there now; the text was written in the late s. The author observes that we too easily allow TV and now other technology, of course. Images of race war ran through my mind. By being constantly ironic, television preempts our own instinctual derision of it. Everything in this book is thought provoking and although a lot is outdated, it is still relevant.

Why do none of us ever get to run for office? It would all reduce to who’s the better arguer, when the point is really about experience.

Learning would doubtless reemerge to substitute for brainwashing. In the case of television we have worked to improve and democratize its output. What is lost because we can no longer see fuzzy and reduced versions of drama or forests will be more than offset by the actual experience of life and environment directly lived, and the resurgence of the human feeling that will accompany this. From Orthodox HeritageVol. I just don’t think that television in any amount is suffocating us and hypnotizing us into being puppets for the “other guys”.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

Not quite, but some of the same physical eliminattion with electronic media are still there. What is confusing is that our dictator is not a person. Television seems to be addictive. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself to the same extent that violence is inherent in guns.

And it’s not killing me.

Levine, Richard M 1 May The only need that is expressed by advertising is the need of advertisers to accelerate the process of conversion of raw materials with no intrinsic value into commodities that people will buy. He tries to imitate the behavior of the people he has seen on the screen. In fact, advertising intervenes between people and their needs, separates them from direct fulfillment and urges them to believe that satisfaction can be obtained only through commodities.


A constant diet of the television con-game turns its watchers into con artists. The video was a VHS recording and included the adverts at regular intervals. I agree wholeheartedly that technology is a time-consuming habit that needs limited use. Aug 21, ‘Izzat Radzi rated it liked it Shelves: Look, I’m not trying to be difficult, but I made myself a promise that I would never go on television.

Likewise with many poisonous materials that abound in the wilderness, and threats to human life. Four Arguments is over-long food-for-thought, not food-for-action. One of the best dissections of an outright catastrophe I’ve read in yrs. Attempting to deal with a world which he has seen only as reproduced on television, he tries to apply what he has learned from the set. While I’d come to similar conclusions regarding many media throughout my life–my anti-gun stance for example–Mander’s arguments here are so organized and well-conceived that he gave me some new perspectives on my own thought, new fodder for thought, and forced me to re-assess my own limitations and dependencies upon technology as well.

The same can be said for watching nature specials, but never getting out to a county park. All of these were the ingredients of “good television.

The fact that I want to get rid of it is pretty hot. There are the old examples of the destruction of Joseph McCarthy, the exposure of the Vietnam War, the undoing of Richard Nixon, the civil rights movement.

For example, from listening to my coworkers blathering, it seems that people can now get just as much distorted and downright bad information from their Facebook friends as they ever could from TV, and the Internet has allowed an infinitely greater range of voices to the table which has in turn brought us such things as cat videos and amateur porn, but hey, at least it’s outside the hegemony of the networks!

I would be interested in Mander’s take on how the Internet has–or hasn’t– changed his arguments in the intervening decades. Television limits and confines human knowledge. My whole life I have been a TV addict. They may be physically present, but they are mentally and emotionally absent.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

The civil rights struggle was about power and rights. There are good points about limited creative thinking and overall physical activity while watching television. Without our gaining control over technology, all notions of democracy are a farce. For years after my in-laws retired, they sat in their barco-loungers for hours every day watching whatever happened to be on rather than, say, socializing with church friends.


He talks about the effects of the ingestion of artificial light, to the hyperactivity of children, to the Where do I start? The viewer has no way to slow the flow, except to turn off the set altogether. And this point must be understood by every well-meaning Orthodox parent who allows and at times even encourages the subjection of family youth to countless hours of television viewing. This technology is so dangerous, not only for our own generation but for the next several thousand, that it should not be its banning that is unthinkable but its existence.

Largely anecdotal and largely concerned with TV’s one hegemonic position ellmination American life, there are arguments to be made for at least the significant reduction and alteration of the nature of television, but this book either can’t see them because it was written decades ago, breezes over them, or tags down on them but in a way that’s unsupported by research.

I can only chose to buy or not buy a smart phone, to watch TV or not–i can no longer choose to live in a world where TV or smart phones don’t exist and in which their effects are not felt–and sharply–at all times.

A third reason we don’t believe it possible to control technological evolution is that, in fact, for most of us it is not possible to do so. It was striking to see just how much human culture has shifted over the last few generations from one of openness and connectivity to the natural world to one where a daily connection with argguments is made nearly impossible, and where most of our experiences are fohr and architected.

The author was quite prescient in anticipating that artificial light from TV as having a negative impact on us. Overall, chances are excellent that human.

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Though a handful of people most certainly benefit from and harness to their purposes these pervasive technologies, the true dictators are the technologies themselves. The effect is to lure your eliminaton forward like a mechanical rabbit teasing a greyhound.

The death toll was uncertain.

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