Saturday, February 9, 2008

How Television Works



'The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set -
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotized by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight back or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink-
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
IT ROTS THE SENSES IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK - HE ONLY SEES!
"All right!" you'll cry. "All right!" you'll say,
"But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children! Please explain!"
We'll answer this by asking you,
"what used the darling ones do?
How used the keep themselves contented
Before this monster was invented?"
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow :
THEY...USED..TO...READ!
They'd READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and the proceed
TO READ some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!
Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,
More books were waiting to be read!
Much wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queen and whales
And treasure isles, and distant shore
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars,
And pirates wearing purple pants,
And sailing ships and elephants,
And cannibals crouching round the pot,
Stirring away at something hot.
(It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious it's Penelope.)
The young ones had Beatrix Potter
With Mr Tod, the dirty rotter,
And Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland,
And Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and -
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,
And How The Monkey Lost His Rump,
And Mr Toad, and bless my soul,
There's Mr Rat and Mr Mole -
Oh, books , what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And Children hitting you with sticks -
Fear not, because we promise you
That, in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something good to read.
And once they start - oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fill their hearts. They'll grow so keen
They'll wonder what they'd ever seen
in that ridiculous machine,
That nauseating, foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did.
P.S Regarding Mike Teavee,
We very much regret that we
Shall simply have to wait and see
If we can get him back his height.
But if we can't - it serves him right.'
- Oompa-Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
(Written by Roald Dahl)




I am having a blast reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! And ntah kenapa, I feel like adding this part here....maybe because i'm fascinated how creative Roald Dahl was...Its just this part of the book caught my attention. I guess he really hates the idiot box, huh? For me,I can't live without the TV...it keeps me sane after a hard day at the office...oh, books too, of course! :-D


5 comments:

miSs inTerpReted said...

i absolutly love charlie and the chocolate factory. I love all of Roald Dahl's books and also Enid Blyton. I still read em, even simple ones like granny's bad apple and other stories. The poem is very interesting!! And so kena dengan what i plan to do for phd. TV and children..hihi

Bidadari said...

Miss, believe or not, this is my first Roald Dahl book yang dibaca! seriously. masa zaman sekolah, his works were always used for storytelling or choral speaking competitions..and i selalu rasa left behind sebab tak really tau who the guy was..but now, not anymore! planning to buy more once i finish with this current book.. :-D Enid Blyton's books were among the reasons that made me read! i had lots of her books tapi sayang, sama ada hilang or i gave them away..whateveritis, dah takde dalam my simpanan dah... :-(

Jas said...

Hi Anne! Cool that you have ur own blog! *huugz* I've totally given mine up.. dah lama tak write! Maybe I should get back into the habit? ;O)

Loooove Charlie & the Chocolate Factory! Am totally addicted to Tim Burton's, weird as it may be! ;O)

M said...

Hey Anne, yep, I totally agree with you on Roald Dahl. Never quite got my hands on that many RD's work back when I was a child. I imagine that it would have given me an entirely different childhood experience if I did. But like you, I intend to catch up on him too..lol! Let's swap books!!

Bidadari said...

Jess, weird as it may, masa i tgh baca the book pun terbayang the characters from the movie. so, most of the time, i was imagining Johnny Depp dacing and acting funny..hahaha..

Murni, Jom swap books! i have the complete charlie & willy wonka book (actually 2 books-i think in one)...lets meetup and swap one day! have you seen sha and her baby?