Thinking Inside the Box

Sunday, October 23, 2011

What is it

Speaking to the National Association of Broadcasters in May 1961, FCC Chairman Newton Minow famously introduced the characterization of television as a “vast wasteland.” And that wasteland has only become vaster – though occasionally a flower will bloom, from “The Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek” to “South Park” and “Lost.” With help from listeners, critics, and past guests, John and Ken try to tease out the thoughtful from the mindless for a thinking person's guide to TV, past and present.

 
 

Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post



Richard Hanley, University of Delaware



Joshua Landy, Stanford University




Walter Podrazik, Watching TV: Six Decades of American Television

 
 

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