TV is more important than Reading

Wow! how is that for a (potentially misleading) headline? This story in Popular Mechanics goes something like this. Legislation dictates that we stop analog broadcasts real soon. The public must know about this. The government spends $1.5 billion to tell them. Now this is the part that I picked up on in this article (which you should look at, it is good in places)

it's illuminating to put the government's $1.5 billion allocation in perspective. Consider: The proposed 2009 federal budget for adult basic and literacy education is $574.6 million.

Hmm. Read into this what you will. (see what I did there, I said "read into it" and we were talking about TV... forget it).