Television viewing requires little brain activity as the visual aspects do not require as much thought and interpretation as reading literature does. Another point made was that media tends to be biased, feeding people a message. In order to see outside that bias, one must read what is outside that media feed. Separation from society’s formation provides a vital counterpart to television. Christopher Lash states that detached television viewing creates cultural narcissism. This insinuates that we must strive for balance between individuality and society. Education through literature is the way to keep that balance.
This argument is not to say that television is wrong altogether. This argument is for the opposite. The argument is to point out the importance of balance in the brain for educational purposes. In order to remain a sentient thinker, one must keep the balance strong and exercised. This is done in order to avoid a world of passivism; our minds must be active and thinking at all times. We must transcend the cultural norm to act upon the change needed in society and the world. Do not feed upon the passive narcissism that cultivates a self-centered society, but become a sentient reader and transcend the cultural norm.