I would have to disagree with Joshua in that TV is the more honest media when compared to radio. As Susan Douglas, made clear in "Listening In.." radio allows the listener to be active rather than passive. TV allows mental activity only to a certain extent while radio leaves a great range of imaginary freedom for the individual . TV limits the ways in which we can use our minds to create settings, peoples, and detailed reactions by doing it for us in the form of the images. It does the thinking for us, robbing us of creating ourselves, and thus our own identities.
As Douglas says: "listening to radio... forged powerful connections between people's inner, thinking selves, other voices, from quite faraway places." People are simply more mindful when listening to radio. They create imagined communities and feel more of a sense of belonging with the knowledge that they are listening along with many others at the exact same moment. With televison, this sense of belonging is only possible through "Live" broadcasting which has progressively become limited with pre-taped shows and digital video recorders like Tivo that are becoming commonplace in American households. Also, I believe there is greater room for deceit on television with all the make-up, acting, and greater variety of "props" that could be used to lure the viewer into not thinking for themselves. There is simply more value and depth to listening to radio rather than watching television especially in today's times where we are bomabarded with images and information to such a great extent.