Peter Montgomery wrote:
> Anyone know where Eliot said the following?
> "television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of
> people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain
(Can't help with the source, but the statement itself I find silly.)
1. How does this differ from radio?
2. The essential shift, in any case, was made with the printed book. The
fact that person A reads _Burnt Norton_ at 3:00 p.m. EST on Nov. 23,
1948, while person B reads it at 7:30 pm EST on on Nov. 29, 1948 is
trivial. They are are at least as isolated from others as two (or 2
million) people watching the same TV show at the same time.
3. As far as that goes, modern theatre (darkened hall, etc) isolates
viewers from each other every bit as much as TV does.
In short, Eliot was being a bit silly.