Sex and the Single Beer Can: Probing the Media and American Culture

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With wit, insight, and occasional sarcasm, award-winning columnist and media analyst Walt Brasch examines everything from why people don't trust the media to why government tries to control it. Along the way, he explores the First Amendment, reporting practices, ethics, diversity, pornography, media violence, politics, social injustice, business and labor practices, the American language, literacy, advertising, the new media technology, mass entertainment, and America's ...
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Overview

With wit, insight, and occasional sarcasm, award-winning columnist and media analyst Walt Brasch examines everything from why people don't trust the media to why government tries to control it. Along the way, he explores the First Amendment, reporting practices, ethics, diversity, pornography, media violence, politics, social injustice, business and labor practices, the American language, literacy, advertising, the new media technology, mass entertainment, and America's preoccupation with sex and beauty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932211054
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Critical Acclaim ii
Dedication vii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction xvii
Information and Society
The First Amendment
Suspending the First Amendment 3
Throwing Out the First Amendment 6
Killing Reason Itself:: The Argument Against Book Banning 9
Stupid Decisions: Self-Censorship in America 13
Free Speech on Death Row 18
Assaulting Our Intelligence 28
The Fiction Behind National Security 30
Shredding Constitutional Guarantees 35
Stealing the First Amendment 38
Make Mine Media Rare 40
Reporting Practices
Enquiring Minds and Space Aliens 42
Fewer Words, Less Filling 45
Editing the 12 Commandments 48
The Case for Sensationalism 50
Escalating an American Paranoia 52
The Truth-Finders 55
Withdrawing from an O.J. Overdose 57
The Tired Media 59
A Righteous Indignation 60
An Unbalanced Media 63
Sex, Lies, and Media Credibility 65
Accuracy
The Press Meets the Afo-a-Kom 67
War in the Gulf: Lessons of an Obsession 70
Creating Historical Fiction 75
Only a Part of the World 79
Ethics
Cockroach Hormones and Biblical Giants 81
The Hollowed Halls of Ethics 83
The Write Stuff 85
Giving the Media a Fix 87
Politically Incorrect Weather 90
The Intruder 93
A Major Conflict of Interest 95
Compliments of a Thief 97
Long Island Lolita Meets the Journalistic Low-Life 103
For Sale: Justice--O.J. Style 105
Broadcast Journalism
TV News 101: Intro to Makeup 107
The Only Alternative for KFAD 110
A Television Snow Job 112
Commentaries About TV Journalism 114
Anchoring Miss America 115
Language
'Local Reporter Cops Lexicon Story' 118
Linguistic Larceny 120
Down for the Count 124
'Personages' of the Mind 126
Driven by Ignorance 128
Diversity
Out of the Closet, and Into the Living Room 131
All the Beautiful People 138
Laying Off Marshbaum 140
Government and Politics
Taking a Dose of Hemlock: The State's Right-to-No Law 142
By a Sneeze, They Shall Be Known 146
Responding to the Press 148
A Dam(n) for the Home Folks 150
Promises, Promises 152
Electing the News 154
A Columnist's Best Friend 156
Dead Air at the Convention 158
Gigolos on the Campaign Trail 161
Rushes and Fixes in the Political Media 163
Crime and Violence
Jackass: The People 165
Labels of Violence 169
Reel Violence 171
Blood on Their Lenses 174
Oh, Joy--O.J. Every Day 176
Obscenity
Pornography in Congress 178
Filtering Unconstitutional Filters 179
An Obscene Story 180
Of Matrons and Movies 181
"R"ating the Movies 183
A Scary Movie 185
Literacy
Liner Notes on an American Future 187
Labor
'We're Management; We Don't Have to Tell You Anything' 192
An Hour a Day 197
An Unequal Competition 199
Traded for Two Rookies, an Editorial Clerk, and a Future Draft Choice 201
Patriotic Unemployment 203
Productive Unemployment 205
Business
America's Ding-a-Lings 208
Synergizing America 210
Technology and Personal Media
The Impersonal Society 213
People Who Don't Need People 215
Windows Not of the Mind 218
Curbing the Paperless Explosion 220
Scanning an American Life 223
The Beeper Cacophony 225
Research
A Nation of Polls and Predictions 227
The Fine Art of University Grantsmanship 230
Cellular Research 232
Intermission
Selling Out America By the Yard 234
The $6 Million Journalist 235
Entertainment
Television
Reality Blights 238
The Monday Night Football Game 241
Movies
Title Inflation 245
The Hustle 247
A Classical Case of Dis-Honor 249
Kernels of Truth 251
Dickies at the Oscars 253
Music
Three Nights a Week 255
Spearing a Tax Deduction 257
Hard Rock on a Soft Platter 258
General Recreation
Conventional Fund Spending 260
Swifter, Higher, Stronger ... Greedier 263
The Day the Circus Came to Town 265
For Casinos, 'Six-Hour Visitors' Make a Full House 268
Pandering for Profits at the Pageant 274
Fantasy Week at Walt's 276
Intermission
Dysfunctional Thoughts 279
Persuasion
Spin Doctors in the Lincoln Room 282
Eyewitless Promotion 284
'Step Right Up and Buy Into a Part of America!' 286
'And Now a Word From Your Local Sponsor' 288
Jeanetics and the Cool 'Wannabe' 290
Sex and the Single Beer Can 294
The Diminished Effects of Political Saturation 301
Mixing a Bitter Pill for America's Drug Companies 303
Overdosing on Drug Ads 305
Trading Rights for Dollars 309
Cramping Up for Health 309
Tanness, Anyone? 311
Death by Healthy Doses 313
Missing in Atlanta 316
Chicken Advertising 319
A Medal for the Army 321
Premature Evaluation 323
Crocodile Tears on a Cash Register Patriotism 325
Encore
Creating a Best-Seller 329
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