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A vast wasteland revisited

Newton Minow was JFK’s Chairman of the FCC.   In a 1961 speech to the National Association of Broadcasters, he famously declared television’s programing was too often, “a procession of game shows, violence, sadism, murder, Western bad men, Western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons.” Television was a, “vast wasteland.”

We tend to agree that this is generally still the case and see the New Media Revolution as an opportunity to leave the wasteland behind and move to more worthwhile pursuits.   What does Minow think?   Check out this fascinating column at TheAtlantic.com to find out.


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