"The struggle against structures hostile to democracy, structures of impotence, requires the development of a liberating national culture, capable of unleashing people's creative energy and capable of washing the cobwebs from their eyes so that they might see themselves and the world. The messages that television radiates into our countries, symbols that the dominant culture sells to the dominated one, symbols of the power that humbles us - these do not contribute much to the development of a liberating culture. But don't misunderstand me. Television per se should not be condemned, only television as a socially acceptable drug, Valium to deaden the mind."
-----Eduardo Galeano, We Say No, p. 213