The article about the potential evils of TV recalled a personal experience.
I am an employer in a service profession, who has conducted job interviews with recent graduates for many years. About 10 years ago, I began to notice a change in the focus of questions from these graduates. Until 1975, among the first questions asked were almost invariably those dealing with the type of work the graduate would be doing, the responsibility he or she would be given and the degree of autonomy involved; starting salary and opportunities for advancement would normally come up later in the course of the interview.
Starting in the mid-1970s, however, a shift in emphasis occurred which continues to this day. Among the first questions now usually asked by prospective employees are: What's my starting salary? How much vacation will I get? What benefits do you offer? How long before I have to start work?
While none of these questions are themselves unreasonable, the discernible shift in their priority and emphasis led me to reflect on something: television.