Zenith Television Ad from The Ladies' Home Journal, 1951: "You feel a thrill of pride when you turn on your Zenith. Everyone in the room is so delighted, so impressed ... And when it's time to change stations, presto! From your easy chair, you press the little 'Lazy Bones' Remote Control in your palm. There's your new picture, sound, everything, NOT ONE KNOB TO TOUCH!" The pursuit of modern-day technology in a nutshell? To dress fabulously, and to never touch knobs.
Just like any new technology, television was introduced to help the brain and stimulate creativity. But as we all know now it does just the opposite. Howard Wolf describes the necessity for television as a comfort that we need on a daily basis and has little to no value to our brain activity. http://www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/tv.htm