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About the Author
- File size : 3661 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 284 pages
- Publisher : Open Road Media (April 1, 2014)
- Publication date : April 1, 2014
- ASIN : B00J90EQ5M
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #671,907 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Network news has changed a great deal, yet still there are complaints about how they slant the news. We live in an era of the disenfranchised and over franchised, just as we did in 1969. The parts of the book that focus on those issues sadly ring as true as today's headlines. Especially penetrating is Ellison's warning that if we ever get a president who is throughly skilled in the art of television and knows how to use it to deceive, we are royally screwed!
Ellison is a fine essayist and a discerning critic. If you don't like his fiction, you may enjoy this book a great deal anyway. As a television writer, he knew the belly of the monster from inside. He's seen the sausages made and it is not a pretty picture. When one considers the utter crap which is on most channels five decades later, Ellison's points about writers, producers, and networks, still stick. As relevant today as when it was first written, Ellison's book is almost an essential read.
If you've read any of HR's non-fiction, you know what you're getting here. You either like him in reviewer mode or you don't. I do, and I rated this book accordingly. It and its successor volume are excellent portraits of both TV and the TV business of the late 1960s/early 1970s.
Just know that the book and Harlan's views are very much of that time, and you may suffer tonal whiplash from HR riding his perennial hobbyhorse of the Kitty Genovese murder, standing up for feminism, and then going on to talk about how much he wants to schtup Peggy Lipton.