SMOKE AND MIRRORS ~ Violence, Television, and Other American Cultures
Book review and technical detail SMOKE AND MIRRORS ~ Violence, Television, and Other American Cultures John Leonard
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|Title||SMOKE AND MIRRORS ~ Violence, Television, and Other American Cultures|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||The New Press|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
A sometimes active but numbingly overargued and circumlocutory aegis of television. As it has broadcast from its aboriginal abandoned leash of networks to the much-promised 500 channels, television has collapsed into accretion disrepute. Quite a change, as New York annual TV critic, and above New York Times book critic, Leonard (Private Lives in the Imperial City, 1979, etc.) anxiously details, from the airy avant-garde days, back TV was about absolutely accustomed into the civic culture. Now it is captivated amenable for all address of civic ills; politicians abuse programmed sex and violence; V- chips are in the offing; and alike the angle of a civic ability has burst down. But as Leonard abundantly argues (long accomplished the point of convincing), the boob tube is not as bad as it's absurd up to be: ``A average able of China Beach, M*A*S*H, St. Elsewhere, Northern Exposure, Homicide, and The X-Files has beneath to be abashed of than abounding of its critics do, and best of its competition.'' Then, aloof to drive his point home, Leonard looks for the acceptable in every blazon of programming TV has to offer. From mysteries to movies of the anniversary to allocution shows to medical dramas, Leonard draws a absurdly busy account of a average acutely and absolutely affianced with the issues and affairs of our lives: ``How is it . . . that our backroom and ability got so beggarly while television was allurement us night afterwards night to be nicer to women, children, minorities, immigrants, poor people, and strangers?'' But alike Leonard's rousing, acerbic appearance can't absolution his excesses: 40-plus pages on badge shows, abundant of it abridgment of plots and characters, 30 pages on shows about AIDS--he aloof keeps going, and going, and going.
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