"The research tends to show that increased exposure to television and violence results in greater aggression in children," Krcmar said. "That's a pretty consistent finding." [...]
When parents did cut television out of their homes, they reported that their kids didn't bug them as much for junk food and toys advertised on TV. They also said giving up television made their children easier to manage.
"It's sort of counter-intuitive, because people think their kids would drive them nuts without TV," Krcmar said. "But parents found that kids became very good at entertaining themselves and didn't need to be entertained all the time by something that was lively and active. They didn’t complain about being bored."
[Our media] are rather like metaphors, working by unobtrusive but powerful implication to enforce their special definitions of reality. [...] What is peculiar about such interpositions of media is that their role in directing what we will see or know is so rarely noticed. A person who reads a book or who watches television or who glances at his watch is not usually interested in how his mind is organized and controlled by these events, still less in what idea of the world is suggested by a book, television, or a watch.
I think TV is a little different -- people don't necessarily say they're watching "specific program x" or "specific program Y", they say they watch "TV", period. They sort of just turn it on and treat it like a big electronic roulette wheel -- spin the wheel until you get to the least objectionable thing, and watch that, and it's a total gamble whether you then get to end up on MASTERPIECE THEATER or a BUNS OF STEEL infomercial.
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