Television 1950--is it good or bad? (America's Town Meeting of the Air)
Al Capp argues the pro-television position; Norman Cousins argues the con. Cousins opens by arguing that television talks down to the American population. He calls television programming an 'attack on the intelligence.' Capp counters by saying that television does provide 'entertainment, delight, and culture.' He goes on to list examples of quality programming. The question-and-answer period includes comments on television's economic viability, public broadcasting, television and adolescents, violence, propaganda, corporate sponsorship and advertising, and television as a babysitter.