[lit-ideas] Re: Poetry and Madness

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 20:20:06 EDT

One thing these groups may not be considering is those people (my husband  is 
one) who just leaves the tv on regardless of what's on while he goes about  
doing his stuff at home -- bringing firewood in, mowing, whatever -- he just  
doesn't bother to turn it off and if something on it catches his attention 
he'll  watch for a bit.  It took me a long time to get used to this life-long  
habit of his (I used to only turn the tv on if I wanted to see something  
particular).  But our household having the tv on doesn't necessarily or  even 
frequently mean someone's watching it.  I wonder how many others just  leave it 
on as 
sort of white noise?
Julie Krueger

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Madness  Date: 10/22/2006 5:37:41 P.M. Central Standard Time  From: 
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>> â  the average amount of time that  U.S. households spent reading and 
listening to poetry 
>> during the  yearlong 2005-06 TV season that ended last week increased by 
three minutes, to  
>> a record of eight hours and 14 minutes.
> Just for  the sake of comparison (and - as I look into my troubled soul - 
no doubt, to  ease 
> a masochistic itch), could someone please post the *daily* average  amount 
of time that 
> U.S. households spent watching TV during that same  season?

According to Nielsen (TV rating), the average American home  watches 7 hours 
40 minutes of TV 
per day.


8 hr 14 min.  of poetry per year.
7 hrs 40 min per day X 365 days = 2920 hrs of TV per  year.

Not even 1%.

More numbers:

Number of murders seen on  TV by the time an average child finishes 
elementary school: 8,000
Number of  violent acts seen on TV by age 18: 200,000
Percentage of Americans who  believe TV violence helps precipitate real life 
mayhem: 79%

Number of  30-second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child: 20,000
Number of  TV commercials seen by the average person by age 65: 2 million
Rank of food  products/fast-food restaurants among TV advertisements to kids: 

Percentage of local TV news broadcast time devoted to advertising:  30
Percentage devoted to stories about crime, disaster and war:  53.8
Percentage devoted to public service announcements:  0.7

Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges:  59
Percentage who can name at least three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court:  17

Millions of Americans are so hooked on television that they fit the  criteria 
for substance 
abuse as defined in the psychiatric manual, according  to Rutgers University 
psychologist and 
TV-Free America board member Robert  Kubey. Heavy TV viewers exhibit five 
symptoms--two more than  necessary to arrive at a clinical diagnosis of 
substance abuse. 
These  include:

1) using TV as a sedative;
2) indiscriminate viewing;
3)  feeling loss of control while viewing;
4) feeling angry with oneself for  watching too much;
5) inability to stop watching; and
6) feeling miserable  when kept from  watching.



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