In the world of horrible tech predictions, among which are that the PC would never catch on, the iPhone would never get significant market share, and a rocket would never leave the Earth's atmosphere, the New York Times was sure the television would fail once it hit the scene in 1939.
In an editorial, the Times wrote "the problem with television is that people must sit and keep their eyes glued to the screen; the average American family hasn't time for it. Therefore the showmen are convinced that for this reason, if no other, television will never be a serious competitor of broadcasting." Ironically enough, most Americans will go out of their way to make time for TV now.
Another early critic of television from the Manchester Guardian, C.P. Scott, simply said "Television? The word is half Greek and half Latin. No good will come of it." Well, that was jumping the gun a little bit, though I'm sure there are those today that would argue nothing has come from TV. It's a time sink and distraction. However, without it Breaking Bad wouldn't exist!