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TV and the loss of the taboo September 14, 2006

Posted by Sarah in internet, media, quotations.

The public and all-inclusive nature of television has a tendency to collapse formerly distinct situations into one.  In a society shaped by the segrgated situations of print, people may secretly discuss taboo topics, but iwht television,t he very notion of “taboo” is lost.

–Joshua Meyrowitz, No Sense of Place, p. 92

If taboos are lost on TV, what are they on the Internet?  😉

In some ways I’m being glib, but there’s a more serious question here:  what’s the difference between TV and the Internet as far as this sort of thing goes?



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