Friday, February 7, 2014

Television is just chewing gum for the eyes

Dear TV Fans,

Did you just roll your eyes and think 'Here we go again'? Bet you must be fed up of listening to your favourite source of entertainment being tagged on 'idiot box' and the like. This quotation is different, though. Research traces its origin to a 1944 book by Henri Peyre, a French Professor at Yale University. But as TV sets were quite expensive and the industry hadn't yet developed in the US, the comment was about movies and radio broadcasts instead. Years on, a theatre critic named John mason Brown applied the metahor to TV. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright later received credit for this quotation.