chapter  9
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"Couch Potatodom" Reconsidered: The Vogels and the Carsons: Joseph G. Champ

Perhaps no better term reflects Americans' ambivalent attitude toward media-especially the burgeoning electronic varieties-than "couch potato:' A computer search for the phrase in only a few months' coverage of major newspapers, magazines, and broadcasting companies revealed it in hundreds of stories. In many cases "couch potato" communicated a certain harmless, resigned comfort, evoking the image of settling into a soft chair to enjoy an evening's programming. But in others, "couch potato" had sinister connotations, suggesting the notion of valuable time lost, precious attention distracted, and imagination stymied.