Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio - Raising the Standards of Popular Culture / Edition 1

Vulgarians at the Gate: Trash TV and Raunch Radio - Raising the Standards of Popular Culture / Edition 1

by Steve Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573928747

ISBN-13: 9781573928748

Pub. Date: 04/28/2001

Publisher: Prometheus Books

As a key player in the creative excellence that made TV's Golden Age so memorable, Steve Allen is disgusted and outraged by what he sees on television today. Whereas talent and quality were the benchmarks of the early years of television and radio, pandering to the lowest common denominator in pursuit of advertising dollars and audience share is the main focus of

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As a key player in the creative excellence that made TV's Golden Age so memorable, Steve Allen is disgusted and outraged by what he sees on television today. Whereas talent and quality were the benchmarks of the early years of television and radio, pandering to the lowest common denominator in pursuit of advertising dollars and audience share is the main focus of today's programmers and performers.

More disturbing than the issue of artistic quality is the effect that such low cultural standards are having on our children. Every day America's youth is being exposed to hideously inappropiate speech and behavior by role models in TV, film, radio, and the music industry. Concern about this crass promotion of sexuality and violence to children is not just an obsession of the religious right. A growing number of people in the entertainment industry, as well as citizens from all walks of life, are disturbed by the coarsening of American entertainment with its glorification of violence and casual, no-consequences sex.

To fight this slide toward Gomorrah a campaign called "The Parents Television Council" has been launched, the goal of which is to improve the quality of television and all other facets of the entertainment industry. As honorary chairman, Steve Allen describes not only what the council is doing to raise our cultural standards, but more importantly what all concerned citizens can do to help. Allen argues against complacency; adults may ignore the content of television programming and other entertainment, but children are certainly paying attention and imbibing the not-so-subtle violent and sexually charged messages.

The question, says Allen, is: What kind of a society will we bequeath to our children, one dominated by media conglomerates that push anything for a quick buck, or one that reflects the highest standards of our heritage? It's up to us to do something about it, to raise a chorus of protest that echoes the words of the TV anchorman from Network, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573928748
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
419
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.53(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
Introduction13
1.The Problem17
Do We Deserve Our Freedom?32
Starting Point68
Troubled Country70
The Role of Network Executives73
A Cause That Is Neither Conservative Nor Liberal77
Sumner Redstone83
An Ironic Twist85
Shasta McNasty86
Pushing the Envelope88
Shock-Jock Fired89
Late Night Raunch90
Pornography Available91
Just Shoot Me93
Awards Shows94
The Tabloids97
Peoria101
Children102
The Occasion of Sin107
The Parents Television Council110
Reaction to Action Should Be Revulsion114
Self-Policing of Popular Entertainment118
What Would You Think?125
Weak Argument127
2.The Denial of Responsibility129
The Issue Is Misconstrued130
The Fragility of Civilization133
Judging138
Influence of Media on Children139
The Unabomber142
Not Sex144
Normal146
Media Advisors150
The Suburbanization of Television151
Sexual Harassment153
Advertisers Are Part of the Problem154
Misplaced Industry Concern159
Sen. Joe Lieberman163
3.The Audience for Garbage165
The Young166
Children's Programming171
Only Some Audiences Want Smut173
4.The Offenders: A Closer Look at One Teen Idol179
Madonna180
Statement to Time-Warner213
5.Shock Jocks and Confrontation TV: Howard Stern and Jerry Springer219
Howard Stern220
Jerry Springer239
6.Popular Music and Recordings243
Music and Violence268
7.Violence277
The Problem of Violence278
Statistics288
Evading Responsibility289
Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill292
8.Censorship303
Censorship/Humanism317
An Ancient Legal Principle319
9.Conclusion323
The Print Media329
Pax Network337
The Function of a Parent338
Questioning versus Simply Rejecting Authority340
Bertrand Russell342
National Public Radio345
Restraints346
Social Unrest and Delinquency350
Dove Foundation Study355
Better Alternative358
Strengthening Moral Values362
Humanitas Prize365
The Power of a Letter366
Picketing and Boycotts368
The Religion Solution369
Distribute Literature370
Keep Files370
Jack Valenti on Teaching Morality in Schools371
Federal Trade Commission372
More Good News376
And Still More378
The Power of a Star379
Appendix AResource Organizations383
Appendix BMedia Contacts399
Recommended Reading407
Index411

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