Edward R. Murrow about television

I recently watch “Good Night and Good Luck“, a very thoughtful film about television, the mission to its viewers and the life of Edward R. Murrow. At the end of this film he gives a speech at the RTNDA Convention of what he thinks about television. I would really like to cite a part of it, because I totally agree with him and I want to show that we somehow lost our way.

This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and even it can inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful.


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