Quotations About / On: TELEVISION

  • 1.
    Television thrives on unreason, and unreason thrives on television. It strikes at the emotions rather than the intellect.
    (Robin, Sir Day (b. 1915), British broadcaster. Financial Times (London, Nov. 8, 1989).)
  • 2.
    Television constipates the mind.
  • 3.
    Never miss a chance to have sex or appear on television.
    (Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Attributed, Macmillan Dictionary of Quotations (1989).)
  • 4.
    The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.
    (William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Neuromancer, ch. 1, Ace Science Fiction (1984). Infamous opening sentence of the quintessential "cyberpunk" novel.)
  • 5.
    ... there is no reason to confuse television news with journalism.
    (Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Scribble Scrabble, ch. 5 (1978). Written in 1975 at the end of an essay harshly criticizing CBS-TV for paying H. R. Haldeman, a key figure in the "Watergate" political scandal, to appear on its 60 Minutes news program.)
  • 6.
    Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.
    (Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "I Like Dwight," Tread Softly for You Tread on My Jokes (1966).)
  • 7.
    Television has brought back murder into the home—where it belongs.
    (Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Observer (London, Dec. 19, 1965).)
  • 8.
    Let's face it, there are no plain women on television.
    (Anna Ford (b. 1943), British television personality. quoted in Observer (London, Sept. 23, 1979).)
  • 9.
    Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.
    (James Reston (b. 1909), U.S. journalist. "The President and the Press," The Artillery of the Press (1966).)
  • 10.
    In Beverly Hills ... they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows.
    (Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker, and Marshall Brickman, screenwriter. Alvy Singer (Allen), in the film Annie Hall (1977). repr. In Four Films of Woody Allen (1982).)
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