Readings, Week 12


  • New: Explain what television does to your brain, in a neuroelectrical/neurobiological sense.
  • What is the free lunch?
  • What is television’s role in the “big picture”?
  • How does television participate in America’s foreign policy of world domination?  What ideology is sold internationally through televsion?
  • How would Ramsey Clark refer to television?
  • What is “the business of television”?
  • What are the two issues about a television show about which advertisers care the most?
  • Explain “censorship by substitution.”
  • The texture of television, according to Richard Albarino, is a mixture of what two elements?
  • According to Todd Gitlin, what three American values are presented on American television? Explain these…
  • Why does an atmosphere of cynicism pervade the entire phenomenon of television?
  • How do television and advertising censor the content of television, at every level?
  • What is a good “environment” for a given TV commercial (what kind of show)?
  • Explain how Nixon was present at three key moments in the history of the relationship between politics and television.
  • What does Gitlin mean when he says that TV is nothing but the redistribution of its own moves?  How does this relate to post-modernism?
  • How many people at the top participate in producing the content of TV?  In what way do L.A.’s TV people live in a culture of culturelessness?

FILM: The Truth about Lies–The Tube is Reality (PPT)

“Television: The Drug of the Nation” — Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (Michael Franti)

“Television: The Drug of the Nation” — Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy — LYRICS

New: Carmichael, Chris. Your Brain Waves Change when you Watch TV.

Gitlin, Todd. Television and Consumption.

Jhally, Sut. Television: the Search for Meaning.

Scheuer, J. The Television Thing.

Woodson, Stephani. Exploring the Cultural Topography of Childhood.

Perlmutter, Tom. Parenting in the Television Age 

George, Lianne. Is Kiefer Sutherland trying to sell you something?

Facts about Media Violence and effects

Please re-visit these essential readings from Week 3:

Scientific studies regarding the effects of violent media on humans/children:

Seeing and experiencing violence makes aggression ‘normal’ among children

Kids exposed to violence have more behavioral problems

In Video Games, not all mayhem is created equal

Report Shows ‘Unequivocal Evidence’ That Media Violence Has Significant Negative Impact On Children

Violent TV, Games pack a powerful public health threat

Gratuitous Media Violence can increase violent responses

Media Can Subtly Induce Society To Justify Violence Against Women, Study Shows

TV Exposure and aggression in young children

Violent Video Games increase aggression long after game is turned off