Prime Time: How TV Portrays American Culture

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Regnery Pub., 1994 - Social Science - 478 pages
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"What does television tell us about our lives? In Prime Time: How TV Portrays American Culture, noted media critics Robert Lichter, Linda Lichter, and Stanley Rothman reveal that prime time entertainment is often out of synch with the reality of American life." "Prime Time provides the first comprehensive guide to the meanings and messages of entertainment television. From the 1950s to the 1990s, it examines how the world of TV depicts American society in the home, at work, and in popular culture. The authors show that television's images of American life have changed drastically in recent years to include more graphic sex and violence, political commentary and new images of women and racial minorities." "Based on a scientific survey of nearly 1,000 shows and more than 10,000 characters, from Dodge City to Dallas, from the Honeymooners to the Huxtables, and from June Cleaver to Murphy Brown, Prime Time is the most extensive analysis of television's history ever presented in one volume." "According to Prime Time, television has become an agent of social upheaval. The 1990s world of sitcoms, soaps, and cop shows is sexy, sarcastic, and cynical about the very standards and sensibilities television embraced so enthusiastically just 20 years ago."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The authors of this book have "coded" numerous episodes of prime-time shows from 1950 to the present to study the evolution of prime-time television as popular culture. The book is divided into five ... Read full review


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S. Robert Lichter is co-director of the nonpartisan Center for Media & Public Affairs (CMPA) & co-author of over 10 books, including "Peepshow". Lichter frequently appears on FOX News & Radio America. He lives in the Washington, DC, metro area.

Linda S. Lichter is co-director of the Center for Media and Public Affairs in Washington D.C. With her husband, Bob Lichter, she has co-authored The Media Elite and Watching America, and she has written for The Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, and other publications.

Stanley Rothman is Mary Huggins Gamble Professor Emeritus of Government at Smith College, where he directs the Center for the Study of Social and Political Change. This year two books will be published under his direction, American. Elites and Hollywood's America,

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