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Cultural changes in attitude toward TV
8/9/14 Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession. Now she's a devotee of programs like "Downton Abbey," ''Mad Men," ''Survivor" and "Masters of Sex." The teacher from Santa Cruz, California, illustrates a subtle change in society's attitude toward television. The medium is growing in stature, propelled by both art and technology. More worthy programs are available at a time when viewers are becoming more comfortable setting up their own schedules to watch.
I feel it's more like reading a good book. The acting is better, the direction is better. I think it's more serious as an art form.
A CBS survey of 700 people with Internet and television connections last year found that 28 percent said they're watching more television than they did a year ago. Seventeen percent say they're watching less, with the remainder indicating their habits are unchanged.
That may not seem like much, but there's a long history of people saying they are watching, or plan to watch, less TV — even as Nielsen measurements proved the opposite is true.
"You can go to a sophisticated party in New York City now and people will be talking about television programming, not the latest art film or the latest play," said David Poltrack, CBS' veteran chief researcher. "You can go to a bar in a lower socio-economic neighborhood and they'll be talking about television. They may be talking about different programs, but they'll be talking about television."
Now, for every award-winning drama there's a series about botched plastic surgeries, naked dating or Kardashians. More than one, truthfully. But the push among cable networks during the past decade to make their own original series has significantly increased the amount of quality programs.
For years, polls uncovered a certain shameful attitude toward watching television.
When asked in 2000 how much time they spent watching TV the previous day, 84 percent of respondents told the Pew Research Center it was less than four hours. That didn't jibe with the Nielsen company's finding that the average American that year watched four hours, 15 minutes of television a day.
A Gallup poll in 1990 found 49 percent of people said they spent too much time watching television. Only 19 percent said they watched too little. Nine years ago when CBS began its annual survey, more people said they were cutting back on TV time.
This year, Nielsen estimates the average American watches four hours, 50 minutes of TV a day.
"I think the quality is better," said Yael Chanoff, a 25-year-old writer from San Francisco. She's a fan of smart comedies like NBC's "Parks & Recreation." Many older shows Chanoff has seen, even hits like "Friends," strike her as cliche-ridden.
Some better shows now have an attention to detail that reminds Stokes, who is 59, of work done by the MGM movie studio during the last century.
Cory Phare, a 33-year-old academic conference director from Denver, said he grew up watching a lot of television but drifted away. The ability to binge on well-written dramas like "Breaking Bad," ''The Americans" and "Dexter" through Netflix drew him back in. He just finished going back to watch the entire run of "The West Wing."
"Even when I'm on a lunch break, I pull it up on my smartphone," he said.
That's another key to television's resurgence. Viewers no longer depend on prime-time schedules set up in Hollywood boardrooms; they don't even have to depend on television. Stokes, Chanoff and Phare all consider themselves fans of modern-day TV, and none of them have cable or satellite subscriptions.
"My friends all watch it on computer," Chanoff said. She finds a friend with cable to watch "Parks & Recreation," the only show she cares to watch live.
The days of needing to choose between two good programs airing at the same time are now gone. The downside for networks is that it's harder for less-established shows to catch on because some nights more people are watching DVR playbacks than any individual show on a network.
That's a problem for another day. The first priority is getting people interested in what television has to offer.
"Really, television is now more than ever at the center of culture," Poltrack said.
There is almost NOTHING GOOD at all on TV today.
Even nature TV promotes evolution - which is anti-scripture
More and more Christians have NO TV in their home.
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Not that I endorse these Sat morning cartoons(as they have agendas in them), but nonetheless...
Saturday Morning Cartoons Are But a Sweet, Sweet Memory
So, I was potty training my daughter this past Saturday. Going outdoors was not in the cards -- I wanted (needed!) her within 20 feet of a potty at all times. But what to do? How to entertain an ornery toddler for hours in a city apartment on an unseasonably warm day?
And then it hit me -- Saturday morning cartoons.
I turned on the TV only to discover that the beloved product-placement-heavy 'toons of my own youth were no longer on the big networks. In fact, they weren't anywhere. While the cartoon exodus has been going on for years, this past Saturday morning was the first weekend in 50 years with no morning cartoons of any kind on American television's major networks. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Why? The FCC's rules regarding required educational programming played a big part, Gizmodo reports. In the '90s, the FCC started requiring networks to air several hours of educational programming per week. NBC and CBS buried their cartoon efforts in the '90s. ABC held on until 2004, before giving up the ghost. The CW was the final holdout with The Vortexx.
Networks afraid of messing with their prime-time slots found it easiest to cram this required programming in the weekend morning slot. The actual educational content of this live-action programming is sometimes debatable, but it meets the letter of the law.
Cable television and specialty channels also contributed to the extinction, offering kids-focused entertainment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Think Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network.
Before you start singing "Goodbye, Scooby Doo" to the tune of "Candle in the Wind," there are (and probably always will be) cartoons a plenty on cable television and streaming devices.
But for Gen Xers who loved waking up at 6:00 am on Saturdays, eating chocolate cereal and then vegging out in front of the TV while your parents begged you to go outside, those days are but a memory.
Future generations will never know the joys.
I’m terrified of my new TV
Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too
From facial recognition to personal data collection, this thing is downright scary -- and so are the implications
I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too.
The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect “when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.” It records “the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.” It ignores “do-not-track” requests as a considered matter of policy.
It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition. The purpose is to provide “gesture control” for the TV and enable you to log in to a personalized account using your face. On the upside, the images are saved on the TV instead of uploaded to a corporate server. On the downside, the Internet connection makes the whole TV vulnerable to hackers who have demonstrated the ability to take complete control of the machine.
More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a “voice recognition” feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV.
You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening.
I do not doubt that this data is important to providing customized content and convenience, but it is also incredibly personal, constitutionally protected information that should not be for sale to advertisers and should require a warrant for law enforcement to access.
Unfortunately, current law affords little privacy protection to so-called “third party records,” including email, telephone records, and data stored in “the cloud.” Much of the data captured and transmitted by my new TV would likely fall into this category. Although one federal court of appeals has found this rule unconstitutional with respect to email, the principle remains a bedrock of modern electronic surveillance.
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Originally published Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 5:46 PM
Pop culture helps give gay lifestyles a big boost
Today, gays and lesbians are the folks next door, brought to the nation’s living rooms through the force of popular culture. Whether fictional characters or the performers themselves, they’re on TV, in movies, in music, even in comic books.
When she learned a relative was gay, Amy Mesirow embraced the idea, used it as a teaching moment for her children and explained how it also would be OK if one of them were gay.
Then her son, who was 15 at the time, came out. “I felt like he was entering a whole new world, where I couldn’t follow him,” Mesirow recalled of her struggle to adapt.
Eventually, she found reinforcement in an unexpected place: television. “A year later, ‘Modern Family’ premiered,” she said of the hit show featuring a gay couple, “and changed my vision.”
Today, gays and lesbians are the folks next door, brought to the nation’s living rooms through the force of popular culture. Whether fictional characters or the performers themselves, they’re on TV, in movies, in music, even in comic books. Many play roles that are not the often derisive stereotypes of a just a generation ago.
Popular culture is a key to the broad and rapid shift in the nation’s politics as the country has turned rapidly from long opposition to gay rights toward support for gays, including same-sex marriage, acceptance of a gay child and willingness to vote for a gay politician.
Millions watch Cam and Mitch, a married male couple raising a daughter on “Modern Family,” ABC’s five-time Emmy award-winning sitcom.
“Same Love,” a marriage-equality anthem by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, jumped to the Top 5 on Billboard’s rap-music chart last year.
In comic books, Archie, the red-haired freckle-faced perennial teenager, was killed last year while protecting a gay friend. DC Comics introduced a gay Green Lantern two years ago. Marvel Comics presided over comicdom’s first same-sex superhero wedding when Northstar married his male partner in “Astonishing X-Men.”
There are 33 recurring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on prime-time shows and 64 on scripted prime-time cable-television programs in the 2014-15 season, up from 42 in 2013-14, according to GLAAD, a gay-rights group.
It’s a long way from 1999, when the Rev. Jerry Falwell derided the children’s TV show “Teletubbies” because “Tinky Winky,” a purple character who carried a red handbag and had a triangular-shape antennae on his head, appeared to be gay.
“We’re far from a happy world ... but we’ve made dramatic progress,” said actor George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in the “Star Trek” television series and movies. He came out in 2005 and married longtime partner Brad Altman in 2008.
The portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in popular culture and the portrayals of people who love them, Takei said in an interview, “has contributed to changing American society.”
TV plays big role
While attitudes may be changing rapidly, acceptance is far from universal.
“They are using their influence in socially irresponsible ways,” Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association said of the entertainment industry.
The group’s One Million Moms boycotted J.C. Penney in 2012 for hiring as its spokeswoman Ellen DeGeneres, who came out on her comedy show in the 1990s. Fischer said the group continues to target advertisers of shows it opposes.
“Our concern is they are normalizing and sanitizing what is an unnatural and risky lifestyle,” he said.
Sanitized or not, the cultural impact on public opinion is undeniable, and that in turn is changing politics. Vice President Joe Biden, who endorsed same-sex marriage before the 2012 presidential election, cited the power of popular culture in helping facilitate the change.
“When things really began to change is when the social culture changes. I think ‘Will & Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far,” Biden said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” referring to the NBC sitcom that centered on the friendship between roommates Will Truman, a gay lawyer, and Grace Adler, a straight interior designer.
While it seems sudden, the changes have been a long time in coming, a legacy of the civil-rights movement.
“We’re just now seeing the acceleration of a process that has been going on for more than 40 years,” said Nadine Hubbs, a professor of women’s studies, music and American culture at the University of Michigan.
The middle class has been gradually embracing homosexuality, Hubbs said, and “when celebrity artists come out, it contributes to the softening of the boundaries and eventually it can turn into a critical mass.”
Surveys suggest that the depictions carry influence:
• Twenty-seven percent of respondents said shows with LGBT characters such as “Modern Family” and Fox’s musical show “Glee” helped influence them to support same-sex marriage, according to a 2012 poll by The Hollywood Reporter.
• Thirty-four percent of respondents said seeing gays and lesbians on television and 29 percent said seeing them in movies helped change their views, according to a 2008 poll conducted for GLAAD by Harris Interactive.
For some Americans, viewing LGBT characters through popular culture and media provides a no-pressure, no-judgment insight into communities they might not otherwise see or fully understand.
“Seeing it in the comfort of your own home, where you can work it through without anybody judging or watching you, is really useful,” said Mesirow, of Marstons Mills, Mass.
When Mesirow’s son Ben, now 22, came out, she quickly learned it’s one thing to intellectually accept homosexuality and another to come to grips with it emotionally when it involves a member of your immediate family.
“You have visions for your child’s future, living a similar life to your own with a wife and biological children and the whole picket-fence scenario,” Mesirow said. “We felt he wasn’t going to be able to live a mainstream life and be accepted by people around him and be able to raise a family.”
Tuning into shows such as “Modern Family,” along with “The Fosters” on ABC Family and the Amazon-streamed show “Transparent,” helped ease her concerns.
“Here’s this gay couple with this big extended family that, for the most part, is very supportive; with co-workers and jobs with no issues to speak of,” Mesirow said of “Modern Family”
“Their lives are like any other couple’s ... Just seeing it on the TV and feeling I got to know this couple and this family ... just gave me a sense of relief and a vision that Ben could have this type of life.”
Mesirow’s search for understanding led her to join PFLAG — Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — a nationwide support group where she now serves as a regional director.
Activists knew that increased positive visibility in popular culture would help change attitudes.
“The best way to change hearts and minds is through media,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and chief executive of GLAAD. “For many, many years, networks were reluctant to depict LGBT people the same way they depict heterosexual characters. Ultimately, we want network TV to depict LGBT characters the same way they would straight characters in a multidimensional way.”
ABC’s musical drama “Nashville” highlights country music’s longtime resistance to gays with a storyline involving a closeted country singer who marries a woman to keep his secret. The actor who plays Will Lexington told Out magazine last year that he doesn’t believe country-music executives would give Lexington “the time of day.”
While the number of LGBT characters and plots are increasing on television, LGBT actors say they still experience discrimination behind the camera in Hollywood.
Fifty-three percent of LGBT respondents to a 2013 survey by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists said they believe that directors and producers were biased against hiring LGBT performers.
A GLAAD report last summer found that only 17 of 102 movies from major movie studios in 2013 featured LGBT characters, and that most of those portrayals were negative. Some writers for DC Comics’ “Batwoman” quit in 2013 after the company reportedly rejected a storyline that had the superhero marrying her girlfriend.
Some LGBT-rights activists also complain that the change in popular culture has homogenized portrayals of gays and lesbians for the benefit of heterosexual audiences and paints an incomplete picture of their lives. That echoes criticisms by some African Americans that “The Cosby Show” presented an upscale, sugarcoated view of black life during its eight-year network run.
Suzanna Danuta Walters, director of women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Northeastern University, said “Modern Family’s” gay characters “offer a narrow slice of gay life: two wealthy white men, who never touch each other.”
“There are people on the gay left who deeply regret the trend toward assimilation and desexualization,” said Paul Robinson, an emeritus Stanford University history professor and author of the 2005 book “Queer Wars: The New Gay Rights and its Critics.”
“There’s an argument within the gay community between those who support assimilation — getting married and joining the military — and those who think gays should be part of an alliance with women, poor people, people of color. The people who want to get married, have children, have won the argument.”
GLAAD Rips TLC Special ‘My Husband’s Not Gay': ‘This Show Is Downright Irresponsible’
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has joined the many critics of TLC’s “My Husband’s Not Gay.”
“This show is downright irresponsible. No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to,” GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement issue to TheWrap. “By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm’s way.”
As TheWrap previously reported, the TLC special follows four married men living in Salt Lake City, Utah, who don’t identify themselves as homosexual, despite being attracted to men.
All cast members are devout Mormons belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The special will follow the cast as they navigate life while explaining to outsiders their unique marriages.
In response to the criticism, the network told TheWrap, “TLC has long shared compelling stories about real people and different ways of life, without judgment. The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made, and speak only for themselves.”
Since announcing plans to air the series, TLC has come under intense scrutiny from activist groups around the country. Progressive watchdog organization Americans Against the Tea Party called the show “garbage.” Meanwhile, a petition by Change.org has garnered 69,000 e-signatures.
In its most recent annual “Responsibility Index,” GLAAD gave TLC an “adequate” grade.
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman, it is an abomination.
And you shall not lie with any animal, it is perversion.
Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, for by all these the nations I am driving out before you have become unclean, and the land became unclean, so that I punished its iniquity,
and the land vomited out its inhabitants.
But you shall keep my statutes and my rules and do none of these abominations, either the native or the stranger who sojourns among you (for the people of the land, who were before you, did all of these abominations, so that the land became unclean), lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people.
iniquity is CHOSEN SIN
America not only permits same sex sex, it has promoted and legalized it.
Same sex sex and rape were the SIN of Sodom whom GOD destroyed - and YES THAT was the SIN of Sodom - much as some want to claim the city was simply unfriendly.
Sadly - this pastor is in error too. Seriously, he shouldn't be endorsing worldly entertainment as well(ie-Michael Landon was an occultist who had "guiding spirits").
Ellen DeGeneres Defends Herself Against Pastor, Denies Hollywood's Gay Agenda
"I'm not here to brainwash anyone, but…"
Though talk show host Ellen DeGeneres admitted in a recent program that she typically refrains from reading about herself in the news or tabloids, she was bothered enough by one pastor's op-ed that accused her of being a part of Hollywood's gay agenda that she addressed it on air.
Tennessee pastor and author Larry Tomczak wrote an opinion piece for The Christian Post about the influx of homosexual characters, themes, and story lines in every day television programming and advertisements titled, "Are You Aware of the Avalanche of Gay Programming Assaulting Your Home?"
Quoting from Romans, Chapter 1, Tomczak established the context in which the Bible views homosexuality -- that is as "immoral," "unnatural," "shameful," "indecent," and a "perversion."
Then, after listing several modern television series with homosexual characters, he mentioned DeGeneres directly:
'Ellen DeGeneres' celebrates her lesbianism and 'marriage' in between appearances of guests like Taylor Swift to attract young girls.
Tomczak goes onto suggest alternative programming for families looking for more "wholesome" programming, including Leave It To Beaver, Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke, and I Love Lucy -- all of which can be purchased on DVD or streamed.
DeGeneres, having been alerted to the article, addressed Tomczak on her talk show. She defended her marriage to Portia de Rossi, denied any gay agenda whatsoever, and sprinkled her monologue with a little humor, culminating in a final faux hypnotizing of her audience, in which she claimed her only "agenda" is teaching the youth of the world to "be more compassionate."
"First of all, let's break this down," DeGeneres began. "I'm not 'married,' I'm married, that's all, just married," she said, to the delight of her audience.
Continuing, she said, "Larry, I don't even know what it means to celebrate my lesbianism, I mean, I guess I do, it's like that… [pops a 'party popper'] I'm gay!"
Poking fun at the pastor, DeGeneres listed some of the shows mentioned in the article, like Glee and Modern Family, and quipped, "If you ask me, Larry's watching a lot of gay TV."
The hostess continued to joke that I Love Lucy may not be good for kids because of all the chocolate Lucy shoves in her mouth in that classic episode. DeGeneres then questioned the platonic relationship between main characters, Lucy and Ethel, implying perhaps there was "something going on."
"I don't have an agenda," DeGeneres proclaimed. "I'm not here to brainwash anyone, but… [grabs a hypnotizing prop and begins to spin it] Listen to the sound of my voice. Attention youth of the world: I want you to live your lives being exactly who you are. Be true to yourself. The most important thing is to be true to yourself. The second most important thing is that you wear Ellen Underwear, and only Ellen Underwear…"
Watch the "Ellen's Real Agenda" clip at EllenTube.com.
ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ 13-Year-Old Gay Male Kiss Sparks Bitter Twitter Battle
ABC Family's "The Fosters" has ignited a sharply divide debate after featuring a gay kiss between two of the family drama's 13-year-old male characters, marking the youngest same sex kiss in TV history.
The intimate moment between Jude (Hayden Byerly) and Connor (Gavin MacIntosh) sparked a flurry of reactions from social media, with some praising the show for tackling such a hot-button issue in an elegant fashion and others critiquing the show's creators and the network for airing a same-sex kiss between two underage actors.
"So happy they are progressing & showing young love," @marthapreston4 wrote. "People forget that gay people don't become gay only as adults."
But not all of the reactions were positive: "Nothing about this entire show seems suitable for children: ABC Family's 'The Fosters' Airs Youngest-Ever Gay Kiss, " @adamcassandra wrote.
GLAAD issued a statement on behalf on the series, which features several openly gay characters. "For LGBT youth, stories like this are a powerful moment to see themselves represented and recognize they aren't alone. These characters also foster understanding and acceptance in their peer groups, ultimately creating a safer environment for LGBT youth," a spokesperson for organization told TheWrap.
Jennifer Lopez is an executive producer on the series, which has already been renewed for a Season 3. But series creator Peter Paige, ("Queer as Folk") took to Twitter immediately after the airing to discuss the romantic moment and ponder whether his characters were making television history.
"Youngest same-sex kiss in US television history?" he wrote. "Do you remember YOUR first kiss?"
Many other fans of the show also chimed in to offer kind words: "That was my favorite on screen kiss ever. #Jonner!" @annika_marks tweeted.
"#Jonnor happened today. Life is complete," @juliagguerinn wrote.
The young actor who portrays Jude tweeted out his gratitude for all of those who have expressed kind words and sentiments: "Lots of buzz today," Byerly wrote. "Thank you so much for the support! The Fosters is all about educating."
But not all of the reactions to the kiss were positive.
"DISGUSTING, WHY IS THIS BEING FORCED ON US," @GCGATOR24 wrote.
Here are a smattering of social media reactions:
That was my favorite on screen kiss ever. #Jonner! There. I did it. My first blended name hashtag. @TheFostersABCF #TheFosters
-- Annika Marks (@Annika_Marks) March 3, 2015
#Jonnor happened today. Life is complete. #JudeAndConnor #TheFosters @TheFostersABCF @gavinmacintosh @haydenbyerly
-- julia (@juliaguerinn) March 3, 2015
Basic cable now peddling in gay kiddie porn. ABC Family Airs Youngest-Ever Gay Kiss Between Two 13-Year-Old Boys http://t.co/5ndg3xoMp5
-- Ann Barnhardt (@AnnBarnhardt) March 4, 2015
So the channel is called #ABCFamily ??? http://t.co/gQD5c354r7 Which family, Sanduskies? #Fosters
-- rafiki (@the_rafiki1) March 4, 2015
Nothing about this entire show seems suitable for children: ABC Family's 'The Fosters' Airs Youngest-Ever Gay Kiss http://t.co/RucHGmqrzg
ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ 13-Year-Old Gay Male Kiss Sparks Bitter Twitter Battle © Provided by TheWrap ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ 13-Year-Old Gay Male Kiss Sparks Bitter Twitter Battle
-- Adam Cassandra (@adamcassandra) March 4, 2015
DISGUSTING, WHY IS THIS BEING FORCED ON US:@Drudge_Siren: ABCFAMILY 'THE FOSTERS' Airs Same-Sex Kiss Between Boys... http://t.co/KGjcSsbVfo"
-- GLENN (@GCGATOR24) March 4, 2015
Pastor James Knox Perversion of Television,Movie and Hollywood -Num 33:50- 52
Pastor James Knox - Perversion of Television,Movie and Hollywood --Prov 13:20. Amos 3:3