Newton N. Minow Dies at 81

Former FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow, a major figure of the Kennedy administration, recently passed away at the age of 81.

He was best known for his speech railing against the mind-numbing characteristics of television, which soon became known as the “vast wasteland” speech.

In this speech he said,

“When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland”

This speech is considered one of the one hundred best speeches of the 20th century.

We tip our hat to a man who essentially wants us to read a book.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s