A total departure from previous writing about television, this book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inhere. Four Arguments for Eliminating Television. By Jerry Mander – Former Advertising Executive1. Synopsis and Comments by William H. Gross – Colorado Springs. This article presents a summary of the book titled “Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television,” by Jerry Mander. Mr. Mander holds BS and MS degrees in.

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One of the main points is that television can only deal with main points so only certain kinds of things can get through.

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

And the categories have to do with a variety of effects that are not normally discussed. The Inherent Biases of Television Concluded Along with the venality of its controllers, the technology of television predetermines the boundaries of its content.

In fact, this act disconnects us from the system and leaves us less able to participate in and affect it than before. This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat The effect is to drastically confine all human understanding within a rigid channel.

Mander gets tired of the debate over Gerrymandering? They may be physically present, but they are mentally and emotionally absent.

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own jerdy, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some! What Mander has televisioj for me here is open up my thinking about the conditioning effects of all types of technologies–even art itself as a medium of expressio So this, along with Moneyball is one of those non-fiction books that, by examining a small, specific thing, challenges one’s whole way of looking at the world–that’s why both of these titles are favorites of mine well beyond any concern for either wealth inequality in baseball or the inherent biases of television as a medium of information.


Jerry Mander’s arguments for the elimination of television are not easily refutable, and that’s trouble for me, for humanity, etc. And though it will say many obvious things, it’s worth reading for the well organized thought it contains.

This bo At times certain people display a sincerity and a congruence with their deepest beliefs that is truly amazing. Commercials have roughly double the amount of these interruptions per minute. These all get passes from Mander.

Four Arguments For The Elimination Of Television: Conclusion

We have lost control of our images. Speaking privately, however, and to corporate clients, advertisers sell their services on the basis of how well they are able to create needs where there were none before.

Therefore, the person or the worldly forces which are capable of speaking the most loudly or most forcefully, or with some apparent logic—even if it is an unrooted logic—can become convincing within the void of understanding. In fact, I applaud him. Unfortunately, technology is taking them in the other direction. But it can be useful, when used judiciously. He emphasizes the ability of print to be more interactive and in depth instead of sedating the viewer with simplistic coverage like television does.


Moore, Frazier 4 June All we get to do is pay for them, use them, and then live within their effects. When people gather together, be sure it is for a prearranged experience that occupies all their attention at once.

Elimknation constant diet of the television con-game turns its watchers into con artists. Reduce interpersonal communication through life-styles that emphasize separateness.

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Thanks for telling us about gour problem. He stomps his way up the communal colon and wrecks every twisting-and-turning where so many of our neighbors choose to reside.

See 2 questions about Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television…. I control the context, and there are no commercial interruptions. Yeah I didn’t like it.

Any person who is passionate about the visual arts would probably be pretty enraged by this book I imagine considering the interchangeable arguments that It makes. This book is the perfect example of a book where 70 percent of it is 5 star material The civil rights struggle was about power and rights.