One More Way TV Will Save The World

What Women Really Think
July 28 2009 4:43 PM

One More Way TV Will Save The World

What is television good for? Curbing population growth , of course! Ghulam Nabi Azad, India’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, wants to bring electricity to the most rural parts of his country, in hopes that it will slow down the baby making. (India’s population of over one billion is expected to exceed China’s sometime in the next 20 years. The nation is currently home to 17 percent of humanity, despite taking up less than 3 percent of the Earth’s landmass.) "If there is electricity in every village, then people will watch TV till late at night and then fall asleep. They won’t get a chance to produce children," Azad said. "When there is no electricity there is nothing else to do but produce babies." Funny to think that anyone would rather watch Jay Leno than have sex, but then, again, there's something so obviously prophylactic about Letterman. Maybe India can borrow him?

Willa Paskin is Slate’s television critic.