I am looking for an American English term for a "TV box" as a source of zombification and brain killing. Maybe "boob tube" is the right one? The shorter, the better.
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Both terms have been around since the fifties.
Alternatively, brain rotter is nicely descriptive.
Boob tube is the way to go:
Boob tube also enjoys wider currency than idiot box, at least according to this Ngram: