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This review is from: Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV (Hardcover)
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I thought this book would be an interesting one to read since the premise is quite the bold one: for the past 40+ years, the leftist agenda has infiltrated TV - even shows you may not expect. Through the introduction and the first chapter, Mr. Shapiro kept introducing his main thesis - reminding me over and over again what the book was going to show me - and I found myself eager to actually have him get to the point (mark one against the book).
Something else off-putting: he slams his book "Porn Generation" in the introduction for making a 'moralistic argument' that is 'utterly ineffective' and fails 'miserably for one main reason: television is awesome.' Well, I guess I don't want to read that book any more (mark two against his writing). That statement though ('television is awesome') answers the comment of: "If you don't like it, turn it off." TV is an awesome drug! (I must be up front and say that our household watches little TV.)
Mr. Shapiro's explanation of why those in Hollywood criticize capitalism (a la Michael Moore) while at the same time benefitting from capitalism, is pretty plausible: vanguardism. On another level, this book explains for me personally why so much of Hollywood has a hatred of the Catholic Church (and other equally conservative religions), its teachings and its loyal followers: the liberal base of Hollywood does not allow any variation from the leftist message. Hollywood is so insular and cliquey that it simply does not allow for any outside influence or thought.
This is a well-researched, in-depth study of liberal programming and history of TV. It's often hard to see it in early shows because we are looking at those shows from our eyes colored by the past 40+ years of liberal programming. The history of the three major networks was really not all that surprising, just a confirmation of what seems obvious: NBC was started by a capitalist conservative, CBS moreso, and ABC by a die-hard liberal. "NBC became a semi-elitist mouth piece geared toward informing the public; CBS became a ratings juggernaut interested almost solely in revenue; ABC focused on sex and violence."
Mr. Shapiro also explains the small steps in the beginnings of television that started down the road towards more liberal content: creators, stars, writers, and producers that were liberal; loss of live audiences (and thus pushing the censors); the move to the West Coast; the executive-creator split; the push of sex & violence to survive the ratings; the end of profit-only TV and the beginning of social goal-oriented TV; segmented programming; leading the audience instead of mirroring the audience; just to name a few.
To be clear, the minor criticisms I have are not enough to dissuade anyone from reading this book. Your eyes will be opened by how much liberal programming has infected TV, with the help of the government, with almost a dearth of any conservative programming. Don't regret not getting this book.
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Initial post: Jun 4, 2011 11:31:16 AM PDT
Farnaz Mansouri says:
Hatred of the Catholic Church? What enterprise owes more to capitalism?
Posted on Jul 5, 2011 6:59:41 AM PDT
The Professor says:
It is interesting that the moguls of Hollywood that are cited are all Jewish. This age old war goes back 2000 years. The moguls of Hollywood are against Christian goy values. What they produce are Jewish cultural values(90% of Jews vote Democrat and the Democratic party gets over 50% of their money from Jews). The 10% of Jews that are conservative are hated by the 90% and truly suffer persecution from their brethren more than the goys.
Posted on Aug 11, 2011 5:40:47 PM PDT
Kenneth Carter says:
Your review is poignant and very candid. Excellent! You might also find my review of Houston Baker's book, 'Betrayal', in keeping with your review of the political Left. Would also appreciate your 'yes' vote for my review as well. Thanks - Ken
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2013 11:20:20 AM PDT
Trolling for yes votes is tacky.
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