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TV as vast wasteland on film

by Critical Commons Manager

An alien played by David Bowie sinks to the lowest depths of American culture through alcohol and television. Although Nicolas Roeg's (also alien) vision of American broadcast television came some 15 years after FCC Chair Newton Minow disparaged the content of television to the National Association of Broadcasters as "a vast wasteland," this scene from The Man Who Fell to Earth seem to literalize his litany of bad TV as: "a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons..."

David Bowie watches 12 TV screens at once in The Man Who Fell To Earth

In this inspirational progenitor of the Difference Analyzer Nicolas Roeg portrays the contents of television as a vast wasteland

from The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976)
Creator: Nicolas Roeg
Distributor: British Lion
Posted by Critical Commons Manager