I'm too busy struggling with dead PCs to be of much use to this lively and smart conversation but I did want to offer up an appropriate link. About a year ago, Scott McLemee - who writes a very rewarding column over at Inside Higher Ed - used the occasion of TV Turnoff Week to look at Television. So to speak.
But it seems like the right book to be reading now, during national TV Turnoff Week. Not because the unnamed European professor in Toussaint’s book is an example of what happens to someone who succumbs to the tube. Quite the contrary: Television is a book about how pride in not watching can render you even more obsessed.