This is another in what I hope to be a month long series of aphoristic (ἀφορισμός) essays, meant to provoke thought rather than explain it. The hope is that, built up on each other, the series will provide a matrix of thoughts that together might lead the reader in new directions. Though each can be read independently of the others, they are intended to be read together and against each other.
For years there has been a large battle over the issue of the value of exposure to television programs for children and minors. The battle has enlisted science and its "neutrality" to serve the interests of all sides. And this science has been used by civil society elements, churches and the state to control the content and focus of children's programming, to lend an air of scientific fact to social proclivities to judge badly parents who allow their children to watch too much or the wrong things, and communal beliefs that children placed in front of the television are less socially useful, stupider or more socially disruptive than the model child. At its extreme, science might even provide a basis for the assertion of a power in the state to deprive parents of their children for neglect by over exposing children to this evil.