Tackling the TV Threat – 3 Entertainment Industry Lies
Michael Medved is a radio talk show host and veteran film critic. After his Hollywood vs. America was published in 1992, the entertainment establishment denounced him as “a Nazi” and “a fundamentalist Christian fanatic.”
That, says Michael, is “no way to talk about a nice Jewish boy.” As a Yale freshman, he suffered frostbite in Omaha while hitchhiking home to California in tennis shoes. By the time he graduated, Michael had hitchhiked more than 80,000 miles!
What He Said …3 Entertainment Industry Lies
1. It’s only entertainment; it doesn’t influence anybody.
Advertisers wouldn’t be paying multiple millions of dollars airing commercials and supporting programs that influenced no one. Networks wouldn’t be pulling out all the stops to increase their shows’ ratings if it truly were “only entertainment.”
2. We just reflect reality. Don’t blame us, blame society.
About 7 of the approximately 350 characters appearing on primetime television each evening are murdered. If this homicide rate reflected the real world, then in less than two months every person in America would be killed and the last left could turn off the TV.
3. We give the public what it wants. If people don’t like it, they can turn it off.
For over two decades, G- and PG-rated films for family audiences have earned twice as much as R-rated films. But instead of increasing production of lower-rated films, Hollywood has upped the number of R-rated films to nearly two-thirds of all releases. Many of these R titles never even earn a profit for their producers.
Adapted from Reader’s Digest (10/95)