NPR did this story back in December that was noteworthy for the discussion of the use of TV to control prisoners. Prisoners have committees in one prison that decides the schedules of shows each week. A soap opera is one of the few programs that every prisoner wants to see. Marcuse would have to smile.
Prisons Excluded From DTV Coupon Programs
by Catherine Welch
All Things Considered, December 30, 2008
"Many cash-strapped prisons rely on analog television sets to keep prisoners occupied."