A brief history on may 9, 1961, the chairman of the federal communications commission, newton minow, shocked americans by declaring commercial television programming to be a vast wasteland. Newt minow is an attorney and former chair of the fcc known for his speech referring to television as a vast wasteland he came to rand in the early 1960s looking for help with what would become one of his signature accomplishments, the development of communications satellites. Watching tv is good for you is the sort of thing federal communications commission chairman newton minow was talking about when he famously called tv a vast wasteland in his 1961 address to. The federal communications law journal at indiana university has published the vast wasteland revisited the issue re-examines former federal communications commission chairman newton n minow's famous 1961 speech to the national association of broadcasters, in which minow called television a vast wasteland. The cosby show was the pinnacle of american television based on an affluent african-american family in brooklyn, new york, the cosby show demonstrated how to effectively raise a family.
Why did fcc chairman newton minow call american television a vast wasteland in 1961 false tv's golden age continued well into the 1980s, keeping television artful and informative. The new face of television how murder, treachery, and mayhem made tv a 'vast wasteland' no more peter suderman from the november 2014 issue - view article in the digital edition. A vast wasteland is what newton minow called television in 1961 it was a shocking accusation coming from the chairman of jfk's federal communications commission at the time, there were only three national television networks and a handful of scattered educational channels. Out of the vast wasteland the early years of public access cable television in new york city by leah churner posted june 18, 2009 new york was the first american city to tangle with cable.
Pbs, he said, was an afterthought, launched only after commercial television was entrenched in europe and in japan, public programming came first and is taken as a given minow no longer thinks tv is a vast wasteland, says he's a news junkie and watches it all the time. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland minow then described a procession of game shows, formula comedies, blood, mayhem, violence, sadism and murder, along with westerns, gangsters and cartoons. His speech referring to television as a vast wasteland is cited even as the speech approaches its 50th anniversary minow became one of the most well known and respected -- if sometimes controversial -- political figures of the early 1960s because of his criticism of commercial television. The vast wasteland speech was an instant sensation the associated press in 1961 named minow its newsmaker of the year and as university of wisconsin-madison communications professor james baughman noted in a 2003 paper, the fcc received more than 4,000 letters, largely in support of his remarks.
As chairman of the fcc during the kennedy administration, newt minow famously declared television a vast wasteland and called for broadcasting to serve the public interest. The reason television needed to be better, minow said, was bigger than entertainment during the cold war, the communications potential of television needed to be put to use for the cause of. 50 years ago, newton minow, chair of the fcc, called the landscape of television a vast wasteland but today, he has changed his mind, though he hasn't seen jersey shore. The wasteland today is indeed vast and deep, but the non-wasteland, however you define it, is vast and deep too also, in the current environment, i find it difficult to judge people for their viewing choices.
Chapter 19 history blah study the vast majority of new homes in the 1950s were built in the called television a vast wasteland. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland you will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. With the 2012 campaign in high gear, public distrust of politics and media at high levels, 55 percent of americans believing we are in a recession or depression (according to a recent gallup poll. Although the vast wasteland quote from former f head newton minow's speech to the national association of roadcasters is famous, the full quote is when television is good, nothing—not the theater, not magazines or newspa. The 'vast wasteland,' reconsidered in 1961, newton minow gave his famous speech in what he called the television age, when the government's role, as he saw it, was to expand viewers' choices, hoping that increased competition would lead to better programming in news, entertainment, and children's education.
Television as a vast wasteland in 1961, newton minow coined the term vast wasteland for what he saw as television's empty content and anti-intellectualism there is no point arguing against this notion as it is perfectly true that that television remains a vast wasteland. 7 newton n minow excerpt of television and the public interest a speech delivered before the national association of broadcasters, may 9, 1961 excerpted from abandoned in the wasteland: children, television, and the first amendment. In 1961, fcc chairman newton minnow made a famous comment that television is a vast wasteland this comment is often used by critics of television to attack the quality of content found in television.
The vast wasteland phrase represented a metaphor for a particular time in our nation's communications history, minow notes, and to my surprise it became part of the american lexicon it has. Minow no longer thinks tv is a vast wasteland, says he's a news junkie and watches it all the time he applauds the many choices available, but still believes there is a need for public television. Here's a clue to just how big a deal the idiot box was in the '60s: in 1961, the same year harrison bergeron was published, chairman of the fcc, newton minow, gave a speech about television, calling it a vast wasteland.