Television Vs. Computers By Ron Kaufman

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Television vs. Computers

by Ron Kaufman

"This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely light and wires in a box."
-- Television Journalist Edward R. Murrow in TV Guide, December, 1958

The Kill Your Television web site went online in its current form in August, 1995. Since that time, I have received lots of e-mail responses saying that television is really no better than computers. Some of the comments I 've received include:

"Please don 't take this the wrong way and I don 't mean to insult you, however, your web page KYTV is basically true, but couldn 't the same be said about the computer?"
Chris K
Abilene, Texas

"Dear Sir,
I wrote and spoke with you before. I would like you to include some of the information now coming forth regarding video games and children, since there is no other site of your caliber on the net, and people need access to this information. What is happening with the video games and children is far worse than what is happening with TV...since you cover one so nicely, could you please incorporate the other? Although I am not a parent, I really care about the minds of kids, and seeing that during their early years, they are somewhat protected."
Joanne Stephenson
KIN International

"Computers are televisions too! Staring into a CRT, be it television shows or otherwise has a similar effect upon the

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