CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1992
I was pleased to read that the three major television networks have agreed to issue a "uniform set of guidelines" for reduction of violence on the air. In a society that has the dubious distinction of being one of the most violent in the world, one wonders why it has taken decades for network officials to reach a pact of this kind. Now that there is hope for the elimination of violence from television, perhaps our esteemed media magnates will have the goodwill to purge the screen of racial stereotypes.
May 26, 1990
Howard Rosenberg's May 19 column, "TV: A Witness for the Execution?," failed to mention an important factor in the issue of whether executions should be televised: entertainment. People are entertained by savagery and death, and television is an entertainment medium. Boxing matches. Ice hockey. Racing car crashes. You name it. There is an audience, a sizable audience, for mayhem, cruelty and violence. Including executions. Bring them on. I'll be the first to tune in. LANNY R. MIDDINGS San Ramon, Calif.
August 25, 1985
"TV Snubs Incense Birth Control Campaigners--Major Television Outlets Have Declined to Air Controversial Messages" by Elizabeth Mehren (Aug. 2)--the title describes the issue. Interestingly, networks air programs with sexy bedroom scenes without showing the results--perhaps unwanted pregnancy. Explicit sex on TV influences the youth; however, networks refuse to take responsibility. Among the developed countries, our unintended pregnancy rate is among the highest at more than 3 million a year.
November 3, 1990
Perhaps the solution would be to require TV executives to look at their shows two hours a week in the company of their 9-to-15-year-old children or grandchildren. Their networks might change policies. JOHN A. WOODWARD III, Los Angeles
April 9, 1993 |
Singer Has HIV: Holly Johnson, former lead singer of the defunct pop group Frankie Goes to Hollywood, has the HIV virus that causes AIDS, the Times of London reported. The group's biggest hit, "Relax," urged gays to take pride in their sexuality and Johnson, a homosexual, said the virus would not force him to live a closeted lifestyle. "I've had some moments of black despair but it's a lot, lot worse for some people," Johnson, 33, said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991
It is Sunday afternoon. My husband is in the other room watching the Giants-49ers game. I'm here in the kitchen watching the best competitor to football--the war game. I and the rest of the world are actually watching the war on television. It's insanity! Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf (commander of allied forces) is interviewed by CNN. He looks and sounds like a football coach. Macho men are pitting their asinine virilities against one another. As I watch this obscene war game I can feel myself becoming desensitized to what is going on. There are people under those fireworks displays!
October 25, 2013 |
On the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the turgid melodrama of "As the World Turns" was suddenly interrupted by grave news from the real world. In Dallas, three shots had been fired at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade. Fifty-eight minutes later, a visibly moved Walter Cronkite would confirm the unthinkable: The president was dead. For the ensuing three days, Americans gathered around their televisions in a rite of collective mourning as the three broadcast networks abandoned their regularly scheduled programming to provide uninterrupted news coverage.
February 18, 2013 |
Two recent studies linking childhood television viewing to antisocial behavior and criminal acts as adults are prompting some pediatricians to call for a national boob tube intervention. A commentary published alongside the studies in the journal Pediatrics on Monday lamented the fact that most parents have failed to limit their children's television viewing to no more than one or two hours a day -- a recommendation made by the American Academy of Pediatrics. On average, preschool-age children in the United States spend 4.4 hours per day in front of the television, either at home or in daycare.