[Television and children]

Friday, September 17, 1954

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes describes a cartoon from The New Yorker which depicts a family arriving at a cabin which contains a television set. The children appear excited while the parents seem less so. Seldes believes this will become a most famous cartoon. Seldes goes on to discuss people who take pride in noting that they do not own a television set.
Seldes goes on to discuss poetry and television. He talks about bridging the gap between intellectuals and the average man. He discusses the show "Information Please," which changed the image of the intellectual in many people's minds.

He goes on to discuss theater - and methods of financing it.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71486
Municipal archives id: LT3110

Hosted by:

Gilbert Seldes


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About Lively Arts, The

Legendary critic and author of The Seven Lively Arts Gilbert Seldes discusses big-thinking issues in art and life from his characteristically populist perspective.

Simultaneously a timely and visionary program, Gilbert Seldes's The Lively Arts (1953-1956) examines contemporary issues of 1950s television, radio, and theater, as well as current events and the intellectual arts. Seldes, who was the first Director for Television at CBS News and the founding Dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, was also a renowned critic, author, playwright, and editor. As a major social critic and observer, Seldes viewed theater, television, and radio with a prescient eye to the future based on a well-informed understanding of the past. 

These programs feature commentary and discussion on a wide range of topics — from sex and censorship in the movies to progressive education to juvenile delinquency to political campaigning on television — many of which are still hotly debated today. Serving as a precursor to Seldes's television programs and providing an audio context for his seminal books, this show is key to understanding today's cultural commentary.


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