Listmania Anti-TV Book List


Listmania Against TV Book List



Get a Life!: The Little Red Book of the White Dot  (1998)

       A most lively and readable overview of the evils of TV.



The Plug-In Drug : Television, Computers, and Family Life (2002)

       Excellent and very readable explanations of why it is

       that TV is so bad for kids.



The Assault on Reason (2007)

         Amazing political analysis by Al Gore.



Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community (2001)

       Brilliant (though somewhat dry) expose of the effects of TV on America.

         Excerpts from Bowling Alone



Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (1986)

       Brilliant intro, hard to follow (I thought) first 2 chapters, the rest of the

       chapters give a fascinating comparison/contrast of society informed by

       reading (before TV) with today's TV society.

       About "Amusing Ourselves to Death"



Endangered Minds: Why Children Don't Think And What We Can Do About It (1999)

       Packed full of research and quotes from brain researchers. Explain how the

       environment effects the development of young minds.

       Excerpted from Endangered Minds



Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (1978)

       One of the first (if not the first) author to point out that it is TV the medium, not TV

       the message that is a danger to society. Written by a former advertising executive.

       Review of Four Arguments  and  Wikipedia of Four Arguments


Living Outside the Box: TV-Free Families Share Their Secrets (2007)


The Awful Truth About Television



The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying to Raise a TV-Free Kid



Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More

       Miserable Than Ever Before (2006)

       Very readable sociology book. Jean Twenge argues that the children of the "Me Generation" have        

       become the "Me Me Me Generation".  Although based on solid research, she peppers the book                

       with many quotes from TV and movies (as a reflextion of today's culture).



What to Do After You Turn Off the TV (1985)



Television (A Novel) - 2004


Childhood Lost: How American Culture Is Failing Our Kids (2005)



Remotely Controlled: How Television Is Damaging Our Lives and What We Can Do About It (2005)

       Interview with author of "Remotely Controlled"


Glued to the Tube: The Threat of Television Addiction to Today's Family (2000)



The Impact of Television: A Natural Experiment in Three Communities (1985)

       A Review of The Impact of Television



Television and the Quality of Life: How Viewing Shapes Everyday Experience (1990)



The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need (1999)


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder (2006)



Top of the Class: How Asian Parents Raise High Achievers and How You Can Too

  Hint: less TV for both kids and parents is part of the mix.



The Power of Reading, Second Edition: Insights from the Research (2004)



The New Media Monopoly (Paperback)



Boxed In: The Culture of TV (1988)

         Interview with Boxed In Author


Buy, Buy Baby: How Consumer Culture Manipulates Parents and Harms Young Minds (2007)

         Yahoo Review



Consuming Kids: Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing & Advertising



Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2005)

         Article by Born to Buy Author


Seducing America: How Television Charms the Modern Voter (1998)


Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence


Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (2006)


"Mommy, I'm Scared": How TV and Movies Frighten Children and What We Can Do to Protect Them


Kick the TV Habit!: A Simple Program for Changing Your Family's Television Viewing

and Video Game Habits (1994)



Breaking The TV Habit (1982)

       Review of Breaking The TV Habit


The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV



365 Tv-Free Activities You Can Do With Your Child



365 Afterschool Activities: Tv-Free Fun for Kids 7-12



The TV Kid - ages 9 to 12


Fred's TV

The Wretched Stone



The Read-Aloud Handbook : Sixth Edition



A-Z to TV-Free a beautifully illustrated book,

written for young children to inspire them to turn-off the TV.


52 Alternatives to TV (52 Deck Series)