Glued to the Set: The 60 Television Shows and Events That Made Us Who We Are Today

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Delta, Jun 8, 1998 - Performing Arts - 480 pages
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How didDallaspave the way for the Reagan era? Would Oswald have been assassinated if the cameras weren't rolling? Who really loved Lucy more--Ricky or Ethel?...and what does that say about relationships? You may think you know television--but when NPR commentator Steven Stark is finished pushing your buttons with fighting words and brilliant insights, you'll see in a whole new way what television has done to us as a nation.  From Beaver toRoseanne,Ed Sullivan toOprah,Monday Night Footballto MTV, Stark takes us on a guided tour of the tube, providing startling revelations about the power of its sixty most important shows and events in the history of television.  He catches in bright focus a hilarious, strange, and compelling image of ourselves as reflected on the small screen, and he shows us, with striking logic, the awesome power of television over our future and our fate. Discover: The most revealing and significant leading man on TV...Bob Newhart Bill Cosby as racial trailblazer...and failure WhyThe Beverly Hillbillieswas the watershed program that kicked off the ongoing values debate--and the rise of the Christian Coalition HowWheel of Fortunehelped bring down communism and end the Cold War

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Imagine using a remote control to zap through television history, surfing from program to news event, catching provocative glimpses of American society over the past five decades. Journalist and pop ... Read full review

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This book's pub date is 1997, and so by virtue of that alone it is amusingly very dated. The author injects quite a lot of his own personal theories and opinions, and probably about half of them have ... Read full review

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