This is a fine letter that contains some fundamental truths. It's been a
long, long time since anything worthwhile has been broadcast as
"entertainment" on network TV. And movies? Ha! What might
happen if there were more movies like Sidney Poitier's classic "Lilies
of the Field?" Or "Driving Miss Daisy?" Or TV shows that portray
good people doing good things?How is it "entertaining" to
come away from a theater or turn off the TV before bedtime with a sinking
feeling in your stomach? (Or is it possible that too many of us have become so
desensitized that we actually do not have that feeling? Do we no longer
recognize the good things in life and simply accept as "normal" the
garbage that flows into our living rooms?)I'm old enough to
remember when TV and movies were much more uplifting than now. And I really
think the changes toward a darker side of America began to appear when the
brightness of our "entertainment" began to change.
As for entertainment, Art reflects life not the other way around. As
for news, there is the old adage "if it bleeds it leads"To
summarize, a *wise* man (Marilyn Manson (yeah that 1)) once said,
As is my normal, I disagree. It is my belief that the entertainment business
reflects the mood of our culture rather than the other way around. But even as I write, I see that I agree with Mister J. Seems like you have to
be quick on the draw to get your ideas in sometimes.
If you want fluff pieces there's still USA Today.
Want idyllically wholesome entertainment? I'm sure there is a 1950's
disney cartoon showing at the Pleasantville drive in.
As long as it sells. Razzle dazzle is what sells.