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The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific

by David Bianculli,
Tulsa World, November 13, 2016

In his first major speech after President Kennedy appointed him chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Newton Minow declared, “When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse.” Watch TV for a day, Minow suggested, “without a profit and loss sheet to distract you … and what you will observe is a vast wasteland.”


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