The Conscience of Television

Television. . . we love it and hate it all at the same time.  It provides us an escape when we want it and can suck us in to an abyss when we don’t.  Some argue it makes us smarter; others say it makes us dumber.

But Lauren Zalaznick is not presenting on the “good and the bad” of television; rather she is arguing something much more progressive:  that television has a conscience.

Zalaznick’s belief is that television directly reflects that moral, political, and emotional state of a country.

In this presentation, Zalaznick goes over 50 years of Nielsen’s ratings, highlighting in a rather fantastic way, how they reflect the events of the day and the conscience of the United States.

This is truly “must-see TV” and it will forever change how you think about television.

DOWNLOAD:    THE CONSCIENCE OF TELEVISION (VIDEO) (13 minutes)                              

 Credits:  Zalaznick, Lauren.  “The Conscience of TelevisionTED Talks.  September 2011.



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