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Remotely Controlled: How television is damaging our lives Paperback – 1 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091906903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091906900
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...his argument is compelling...Sigman might inspire his own brand of TV dementia: sets thrown wildly from open bedroom windows, Aerosmith-style, smashing to smithereens while whole neighbourhoods applaud. Seriously, TV can ruin your life" (Independent on Sunday)

"At last, definitive and readable proof that TV can damage your health. Well done, Sigman!" (Oliver James)

"5* review: Compelling. Sigman might inspire his own brand of TV dementia: sets thrown wildly from ... windows, Aerosmith-style, while whole neighbourhoods applaud." (Independent on Sunday)

"... the damage done to children, is forcefully pointed out. I found Sigman's critique most welcome." (Publishing News, Personal Choice)

"This is a book after my own heart, and every press should do a feature on it" (The Bookseller)

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A startling exposé of our nation's growing addiction to television and why and how we should stop it

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Every child's mind is trying to connect up with reality to get its innate needs met. This brilliant book shows what happens when television watching gets in the way of the natural developmental processes designed to ensure we develop well. It describes all the medical and psychological research that demonstrates how, by capturing children's attention mechanism, inhibiting their critical faculties and conditioning them with useless expectations, TV addiction is mindlessly destroying cultures all around the world. The effects are no less grim when adults watch more than an hour of TV a day – depression, anxiety disorders, obesity, attention disorders and the rise in crime and violence are all linked to the introduction of TV. It literally damages the brain, but, like all addicts, we are largely unaware of the true situation and probably will remain so until it is too late. And, as with the drugs industry, powerful vested interests, such as the BBC, try to hide the truth of what is happening in almost every home in the land. (This book is a revelation, too, about corruption in the media and the lack of respect TV producers have for viewers.)
If you care about mental health, turn off the TV and read this book. Then tell anyone you care about to read it, especially if they have children.
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I have a two and half year old Son and was drawn to read this book, as I have also two other children twenty years older who were raised when childrens' t.v. did not really exist.
Everyone, should read this book, it is both fascinating and compelling and I challenge anyone who reads it not to find it changes how they see that box that sits in the corner of all our sitting rooms, (and more to the point in our bedrooms and our childrens bedrooms!).The book is extremely easy to read and the facts and research referred to give information that is simply 'jaw-dropping'.
When I finished this book I stopped my son viewing any t.v. at all. He was two and a quarter and not speaking at all, for which we were concerned. Within two weeks he suddenly started talking. You might say this was a happy coincidence, but I urge you to read this book and judge for yourself. Incidentally I lent this book to my 25 year old daughter who has two sons. She rang me having finished it and said 'Mum I wish I had a £1000 to spare, I would buy as many copies of this book as I can and leave it everywhere for people to read'.
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This book has been literally life changing for our family. We read it at book club and the people that actually bothered to read it all agreed how amazing the book was. However, there were certain people who had pre-judged the book and refused to read it. I guess they are not willing to change. Boy are they missing out.
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Definitely a must buy. This book has given me the courage to restrict my T.V. and internet viewing and its been one of the best decisions of my life. The author highlights papers from reputable medical journals about the harms television does to our lives in particular, our brains. Recommend ++++
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I have a seven month old son, and have not allowed him to be in the room when the television is turned on. At a few weeks old in particular I noticed how when the television was turned on, he would become mesmerised and begin ignoring everything else. But I would try to snatch opportunities to view whilst he was asleep. Since I started reading this book, my television viewing has been slashed, and now on completion, I have become more aware of the effects TV is having whilst watching - physiological as well as psychological. For example, in a drama I was watching yesterday, a person was standing at a cliff edge about to jump off and I noticed my own palms becoming sweaty.

This book systematically goes through the evidence and Sigman draws clear conclusions. The tone is balanced and therefore avoids sounding patronising. And its also very easy reading.

This book really is life-changing. As a reviewer below suggested, 'turn off the TV and read this book. Then tell anyone you care about to read it, especially if they have children'!
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This is an excellent book. The TV is damaging people and society in general. Children are especially at risk for it stunts their brain's development. BBC on-line dismisses the results of modern medical research regarding the harmful effect of the TV. However who would you rather believe the TV companies or scientific research? Dr Sigman writes clearly and well in this life changing book. Everyone should read this book. All I can say is give up the TV and Get a life.
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I thought I was the weird one when I gave up television some years back, but, it appears there is a concerted effort to show the down sides of regular watching. I suffered the pangs of withdrawal much like drug addiction symptoms, but the uninformed do not want to see that, or hear about it. When told about my choice, they all state that they only watch Documentaries and Biographies, yeah right... !!!!
The author has a decent background to enable him to make an informed treatise on the subject, here written in a very easy to read format. The details are scary, as they should be, the damage being done to successive generations is alarming. The full powered 'brainwashing', the dumbing down, the lack of content, the mind numbing trivia that we as a society, pay excessively for with license fee's, our free time, the couch potato syndrome and, the sheer waste of our lives in the pursuit of so called entertainment.
There are other books on the same subject, and good luck to the authors, this one is a good read though and, it explains all the important things the informed need to know.... a splendid book. !
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