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Watching The Box Watch Peter Hamill The medium of television is perhaps the most prevalent leveling factor in American society today- almost every household in America owns a television set a device centered around a cathode ray tube which is designed to bring two-dimensional illusionary sights and sounds to its viewers As seen in articles such as Peter Hamills Crack in the Box or in the collection of letters called Watching TV there are many strong and contradictory takes on the role television plays in society today It would appear from a cursory look at the text that there is currently a debate raging across the United States of America centered upon defining the virtues and vices exhibited by television One side says television is an important communicator of ideas at best and a harmless amusement at worst The other claims that television is a trap a snare which can corrupt the minds of America Most people I believe without any great mass of conclusive evidence do not take any part in this debate Theyre much too busy watching Julia Child teach how one should choose the ingredients for Beef Wellington or enjoying the high humor and quick wit of some cartoon or comic opera In Watching TV three citizens share their personal experience with television and conception of the medium and its role in their individual lives The writers are not professional journalists or professional commentators Instead they are members of the general public who felt the need in response to a segment in The Sun magazine to share their view with others The opinions expressed are written in a straightforward manner and hopefully reflect the true thoughts of the writers Two general positions are supported by the letters which oppose each other 1television is basically good for people 2television is basically bad for people The first letter comes from R Lurie of Santa Fe New Mexico She or he relates
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