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A short personal anecdote (12.12.08)

Some "Facebook friend" of mine posted a picture this Saturday morning that caught my eye.  It was of a young white US family on the second floor porch of their nice up-scale home overlooking some large expanse of urban nature.  The father in a mighty gesture was preparing to throw the family TV "over the edge" of the porch to destruction and oblivion, freeing them from the "poison programming" no doubt.  The very eager wife and their pleased but still innocent two young children looked on.

You know, when I was a pre-teen in the 1950s, my favorite thing was to get up at 5 o'clock, turn on the black and white TV, tune to the CBS network station and watch several half hours of educational TV! It was WONDERFUL. It probably had something to do with my life-long "obsession" to contribute to there being exceptional education via "distance learning" using the Internet. Except commercial interests invaded and dominated TV programming all but eliminating anything educational in subsequent years... just as they had done to radio programming in the 1st half of the 20th century, I learned later. Now "they" are trying to do the same thing to the Internet. Facebook and Google will be helping, among other socially stupid contemporary economic giants.