A few days ago, I was trying articulate an argument why reading books is better than watching TV. I was very frustrated that at first I pretty much came up blank. I thought they both basically involve staring at a medium and processing the information contained in it. Since I NEVER watch TV and I generally have very negative feelings toward that activity, I thought I needed to come up with some justification. After a while, I came up with this: 1. Reading gives you much more control over information you receive. For one it lets you control the rate of inflow since you can read fast or slow. Furthermore, you can skip several paragraphs or pages if you think they are trite or boring. Of course, you can fast forward and change scenes if you are watching a movie, but it is a bit different I think. 2. It requires far more mental work to "make sense" of the words on a page than the images on a screen. 3. The selection of literature is far larger and more rich than the selection of movies. There are TONS of movies that I have reservations calling complete trash (literally their value to me is the same as the wrapper on my sandwich). There are of course also trashy books but they are very rare and outnumbered by books that are quality works. Anyone want to add to the list?