Television rots the brain. The worst thing it does, as is pointed out in the article, is convince viewers that anything they don't see on televitz must not be "important", interesting or credible. It is the ability to focus the attention of the masses on stuff that is insipid, just plain dumb, off-topic or irrelevant while they are literally robbed blind, the furnishings are stripped and their gold fillings are pried out. Television is hypnotic and whosoever watches it is made stupid. Part of television's control is making it's destructive influence into such a cliche it no longer registers on the brain. People on television make fun of what garbage it all is, concentrating mainly on the content, as though the medium itself in terms of it's worth as a mechanism for transmission of information was above question.
Years ago, it was only a few bookish and eccentric loners like me who knew these things. We read books like Jerry Mander's Four Arguments For The Elimination of Television and celebrated in our lonely nerdish little way that a single chink of twilight had shone through the fog of the idiot box reality smokescreen. Small circles of people who still read books understood what Mander was talking about ... the other 250 million people were little more than drooling vegetables on automatic pilot.
The Internet has certainly started to change things. Not as much as many optimists expected, though. Call me skeptical but I have trouble believing the harsh glare of the real world will ever be able to compete with the toxic rose colored light emanating from the electronic Pied Piper From Hell. People would rather listen to a pleasant little saccharine flute as they plunge to their deaths on the rocks below than wrestle with the grim possibility they may survive if they are willing to think for themselves.