The Second Eclectic

Technology changes how we relate to God and each other

C.S. Lewis on Not Owning a TV

C.S. Lewis, in a letter to Mrs Frank Jones, 17 July 1953:


"Like you, we [Lewis and his brother] have'nt got a [television] set, and don't propose to get one; it is I think a very bad habit to develop. People who have sets seem to do nothing but go into a huddle over them every evening of their lives, instead of being out walking, or in their gardens. And of course, like all things which begin as luxuries, they end up by being necessities; an unofficial cost of living survey was recently held in our midland manufacturing districts, and quite a large percentage of the working class interviewed complained that if prices did'nt come down, or wages go up, they would not be able to maintain their payments on their television sets -- which have now become part of the worker's basic standard of living."

From The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, vol 3, p. 350
(HT: Josh Mann)


Other quotes:
C.S. Lewis and Langdon Winner on the Conquest of Nature
C.S. Lewis on Cars and Newspapers
John Steinbeck on Cars, Clatter, and the Countryside
George Eliot on Technological Progress, Population Growth, Pace of Life, and Infrastructure
Rob Bell on Disciple Making by Video