This is an extremely powerful book...I'm very happy I'm reading it.
TV Boy, you are no doubt thinking that we're absurdly primitive people, that a village that doesn't know whether or not to remove the plastic from a bicycle - that such a place would of course be vulnerable to attack, to famine and any other calamity. And there is some truth to this. In some cases we have been slow to adapt. And yes, the world we lived in was an isolated one. There were no TVs there, I should say to you, and I imagine it would not be difficult for you to imagine what this would do to your own brain, needing as it does steady stimulation.
- What is the What by Dave Eggers
Chapter 3, page 40
TV Boy, Valentine. Powder, and Tonya - Africa.