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  •  60 Minutes (14+ / 0-)

    In its early years ('68 - '71 or so) I looked forward to that show every week. It was a time when my faith in government was at its lowest and I found a small measure of hope in believing that investigative journalists were our firewall.

    Ne'er-do-wells in government and the corporate world lived in mortal fear of Mike Wallace knocking on the door and for good reason. If that happened, someone was going to jail.

    Many things have changed since then -- with the show, our society, journalism, and with myself but for the time it did influence my thinking.

    Entertainment shows didn't have any influence as far as I know. I considered (and still consider, I suppose) those to be reflections and illustrations of our collective thoughts and ideals. Maybe I was being influenced and was too naive to know -- if so, then they succeeded very well :)

    G'mornin' folks and thank you, Phil, for hosting and for a thought-provoking topic.

    Tofu knows nothing but what is good for you. -- dharmasyd

    by Darryl House on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 08:00:27 AM PDT

    •  Entertainment shows DO influence---often very (13+ / 0-)

      subtly.  Think what Sesame Street does for kids....

      •  How did any of them influence you? (3+ / 0-)
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        Dragon5616, slksfca, arizonablue

        Just curious, I guess...

        I've been pondering, the last hour or so, trying to figure out if my thinking was shaped in any way by entertainment television -- whether in very early youth or later.

        I can't say definitively one way or the other but I'm inclined to say they did not have a significant influence. Some of the situations depicted in Romper Room and The Mickey Mouse Club spurred questions if they were unfamiliar. I was a rural kid and didn't understand some urban references that popped up in those shows. The answers helped form some of my views of the world but those answers came from people, not television. Yet, I probably wouldn't have asked the questions but for the shows.

        A while later, as I got interested in weekly or daily children's shows my friends and I would sometimes adopt the characters' personae and role play our own episodes. I believe my friends and I were (at least somewhat) independent thinkers and applied our own values to the situations. That could be an illusion, I really don't know with any certainty. We did have some lively arguments over whether some characters would have done the things we made them do.

        Later still, in my teens and beyond, I am pretty sure that I watched shows that aligned with my philosophy and ignored and often reviled those that conflicted with my idealism.

        Tofu knows nothing but what is good for you. -- dharmasyd

        by Darryl House on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 11:07:11 AM PDT

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    •  And the more dramatic version, (4+ / 0-)

      Murphy Brown.

      I wish we had journalists like that now.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Thu Jun 20, 2013 at 10:52:20 AM PDT

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