ERIC Number: ED163991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-26
Reference Count: 0
Television, The Book, and The Classroom: A National Seminar.
We should resist the temptation to label our times the Age of Television--it really is an era of mass communication, and books play a strong role in this process. A positive correlation between increased television viewing and the increased use of books is indicated by new highs in library circulation figures in the past two decades. Television has become a part of and contributed to a general explosion in cultural interests and stimulated people's interests in all kinds of subjects. A strong linkage has developed between book and television involving programs which have come from books, books which have come from programs, and the promotion of books through author interviews on talk shows. These activities encourage writers and producers of books, and result in increased book sales, which means in turn an increase in the use of books with more people reading and learning. In addition to the educational process by which our citizens use television to gain the information and perspective that are vital to a functioning democracy, television is being used in the classroom to stimulate interest in reading and improve basic skills. The role of books has become manifest in the Watergate aftermath as they bring us the perspective and detail we need to understand what we saw on television and then store that knowledge to help future generations understand. (BBM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the National Seminar at the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C., April 26, 1978)