On not having a TV|
I think about TV and kids a lot, mainly because growing up in rural nowhere you either created your own entertainment, lassoed a sister or brother (one of each) or watched the idiot box.
While I felt I spent too much time watching TV as a kid, I did discover the library and books by age 13. I still watched crap on TV, but the older I got the more discriminating I was. I recall boycotting Love Boat (mindless dreck is a compliment) and Hee Haw (country music, ew!).
Today I might be able to appreciate some of the music of Hee Haw from a technical perspective (play that banjo), I doubt I missed much from Love Boat.
Being a parent today means you have even more media sources to contend with. I think there's more violence (torture, for instance) today then when we were kids, but there's also good programming tucked in the corners. Teaching your daughter to be a discriminating media consumer is what I see as the challenge. Just wait until they are beaming commercials into our heads like the Diamond Age. Oh the fun we'll have!
Will future consumers even have the patience for merely 2D entertainment? How do you turn this book on? ;)