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“TV makes it so easy to postpone living for another half hour.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“we use TV as we use tranquilizers- to even things out, to blot out unpleasantness, to dilute confusion, distress, unhappiness, loneliness.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“what sets wilderness apart in the modern day is not that it's dangerous (it's almost certainly safer than any town or road) or that it's solitary (you can, so they say, be alone in a crowded room) or full of exotic animals (there are more at the zoo). it's that five miles out in the woods you can't buy anything.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“what you do every day is what forms your mind and precious few of us can or would spend most days outdoors.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“But tolerance by itself can be a cover for moral laziness.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“money supplants skill; it's possession allows us to become happily stupid.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“TV was like a third parent- a source of ideas and information and impressions. and not such a bad parent- always with time to spare, always eager to please, often funny.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“the television culture celebrates incompetence.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“everyone knows, at some level, that the sharp line between "good weather" and "bad weather" is a fiction, that we need rain as surely as we need sun.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“TV, and the culture it anchors, masks and drowns out the subtle and vital information contact with the real world once provided. There are lessons, enormous lessons, lessons that may be crucial to the planet's persistence as a green and diverse place and also to the happiness of it's inhabitants-that nature teaches and TV can't.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“increasingly we live in a world filled with the equivalents of deadly garage-door openers, unnecessary items that offer us mild and insipid comfort at the price of a dangerous and uncomfortable planet, and at the price of any real relationship to the physical world. if you live in a suburban home and commute to a parking garage somewhere, that ten seconds of opening the garage door(manually) might be nearly the only rain you ever feel.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“if there is any one subject on which everyone seems to agree, any one point of doctrine to which every political sect subscribes, it's that "economic growth" is the highest goal, our ultimate goal as a country. and not only as a country-as states, as communities, as corporations, as individuals.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“we have developed a series of emotional thermostats as well, by far the most potent of which is television itself. instead of really experiencing the highs and lows, pains and joys, that make up a life, many of us use TV just as we use central heating- to flatten our variations, to maintain a constant "optimal" temperature.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“electronic media have become an environment of their own- to the list of neighborhood and region and continent and planet we must now add television as a place where we live. and the problem is not that it exists- the problem is that it supplants. it's simplicity makes complexity hard to fathom.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“the mountain and the television weren't so much in different time zones as in different dimensions.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information
“the inexhaustible pages of nature … written over and over uncountable times, written in characters of every size and color, sentences composed of sentences, every part of a character a sentence.”
Bill McKibben, The Age of Missing Information

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