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Guest Post by Michael Fisher

In 1963, Paul Goodman wrote a short column for The New Republic called “Television: The Continuing Disaster.”  While praising the new medium for its potential, Goodman spoke plainly about TV’s shortcomings in postwar America.  “By a miserable fatality,” he wrote, “TV has had the misfortune to develop among a confused and passive populace, starved for stimulation but out of touch with its needs and tastes.”

Corporate control of TV’s content was part of the problem.  Yet the root issue was the “peculiar kind of existence” it fostered.