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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 09:49 PM

How Retro Public Television Brainwashed Me into Becoming a Reader


Iím livid.

For my whole life, Iíve thought my reading habit, my PhD in literature, my career as a teacher, was all about my personal love of books. I thought it was about my desire to live inside and between words, to find meaning in the stories of others, to make sense of the world through narrative.

Turns out thatís all bullshit. I was brainwashed by the people running public television in the 80s and 90s. Liberal media elites! Except the ones who work for public broadcasting and so donít make that much. This realization came to me as I was thinking back to my favourite shows as a kid ó the ones that really shaped my sense of myself in the world. Let me walk you through some of the villains in this plot.

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