Extract: TV by Susan Bordo

“Television and I grew up together.” As a baby boomer born in 1947, Susan Bordo is roughly the same age as our beloved gogglebox, which began life as a broad box with a ten-inch screen, chunky and clunky and encased in wood. With the rapid changes in technology in the years since, “television”, as Bordo points out, has become estranged from its material status. “In 2020, ‘television’ is what we watch, not the material object we watch it on.” Combining memoir with social and political history, her book is about our changing relationship with TV and the box’s far-reaching consequences for our political and cultural life. The extract below is taken from her chapter “Intersections of TV, ‘Reality’, and Reality”