People on TV are not your friends. They're not in the room with you. You are alone in the dark, staring at a plastic box. Think about it. This is like a science fiction horror story; but it's really happening.
[From the instructions for "TV-B-Gone", a remote control which powers off all TVs, 2005]
[T]hose who read own the world, and those who watch television lose it.
[A dictum of Werner Herzog, from Herzog on Herzog edited by Paul Cronin, 2002]
The problem is not that television presents us with entertaining subject matter but that all subject matter is presented as entertaining, which is another issue altogether.
[From Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, 1985]