Progress Or Regression?

On this day, April 7, 1927, the image and voice of then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover was transmitted from Washington DC to New York City.

This was the first successful long-distance demonstration of the television.

I recall growing up outside New York City in the 1960s.  We had one black and white television (no remote controls) in the house. We had channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 13. If I recall, they signed on the air around 7am and signed off around midnight. We had to manipulate the “rabbit ears” antenna to get good reception.

Today, we have hundreds, if not thousands of channels, 24 hours a day, even streaming on our devices. The problem is that the vast majority of programming is trash and/or propaganda.

It sucks our brains from our heads.

Read a book.  Listen to some good music.

Hell, subscribe to Harden’s Twenty-five Blogs Guaranteed To Make You Smarter

Just turn the dam TV off.


The grumpy old man.


About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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7 Responses to Progress Or Regression?

  1. Debra says:

    I’m a little older than you, Ray, and I can remember when we didn’t even have as many channels as you recall. I’m a big reader and my husband falls asleep with television, so although we would actually probably really enjoy a few shows, we don’t seem to get there very often. Now, if you count baseball season, you can ignore what I just said. That he watches. 🙂

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    • Ray V. says:

      If I had a stopwatch on what I watch, Animal Planet would hold the top spot. Haven’t watched any sports in years, but I sure make good use of my IDAGIO subscription.


  2. I just remember that it seemed like only one family in the neighborhood had a working tv at any given time. And then we would sit and watch while the tubes warmed up so we actually had a picture. And yes….there are very few good tv shows left.

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  3. Jim Borden says:

    I happily remember those simpler days of youth…

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  4. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m guessing I have watched less television this year than any previous year.

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