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.
March 9, 2012 |
Relax, TV programmers. The teen viewer isn't going anywhere. The perception of today's teenagers is that of antsy kids bouncing back and forth between their computer screens and cellphones as they update their Facebook statuses and look at videos on Hulu and YouTube while texting their friends. The reality is that for all the time teens spend staring at small screens, it's still the television screen that gets most of their attention. "There is a popularized notion of the typical teenager constantly digitally connected....
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!
April 19, 2011 |
A 9-year-old boy saved his drowning sister by administering CPR -- which, he says, he learned by watching television. Tristin Saghin and his family were visiting his grandmother in Mesa, Ariz., when his grandmother and mother suddenly realized that the 2-year-old girl had gone missing. They ran outside and found her floating in the swimming pool. As his elders called for help, Tristin began performing chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth on the toddler, according to the ABC15 news report . "I knew what I was doing," he is reported to have said.