Vast Entertainment

I was reading to my wife a newspaper report of the speech in which FCC chairman Newton N. Minow called television "a vast wasteland."

If you watch your TV set constantly, Minow had said, "you will see a procession of game shows, audience-participation shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism …"

My 12-year-old son, hearing part of the quotation, interrupted excitedly, "What time does that show go on, Dad?"