TV viewing time
TV used to be a force for good and I put much of my catalogue of useless but entertaining information down to being an avid TV viewer in the 70s. It also refined what I wanted to do in terms of my chosen discipline, the TV available now will do little for our youth apart from force feed them the latest crop of shit that someone somewhere is trying to make their fortune off.
In the 70s a curious and technology/science/history interested kid was blessed. The range of educational programming available on the BBC and to a much lesser extent on ITV was huge. More to the point it was truly educational, unlike the mostly glossy presenter centred claptrap we see now. Horizon is a pale shadow of what it was, today's Panorama is sensationalist at best, Man Alive has no modern equivalent. The list is huge but some highlights include Connections, Tomorrow's World, World at War, All Our Yesterdays, Chronicle, Miller's Your life in their hands, This Week, just some of a very long list.The best that is on offer today is still good but there's just an awful lot less of it. When documentary channels are dominated by fecking reality TV shows (I'm looking at you Discovery and History) and presenting Hollywood films as factual content, things are in a sorry state.