May 09, 2004

Regression beyond the mean

Today, May 9, is the 43rd anniversary of Newton Minow's first speech as chairman of the FCC. That's the one where he memorably said:

But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there without a book, magazine, newspaper, profit and-loss sheet or rating book to distract you--and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland.

What do you suppose he'd make of reality TV?

Posted by Linkmeister at May 9, 2004 05:13 PM