What values does television promote? Television reflects societal values / Anna Stewart ; Television does not accurately reflect societal values / Dinesh D'Souza ; Television offers programs with family-friendly values / Greg Beato ; Television does not offer enough family-friendly programs / L. Brent Bozell III ; Television promotes gay stereotypes / Ramin Setoodeh ; Gay roles on television have evolved beyond stereotypes / Kevin Hilke ; Television promotes torture / Dahlia Lithwick ; Television reflects national debate on torture / Chris Barsanti -- What are the issues of reality television? Reality television is exploitative / Colleen Carroll Campbell ; Reality television is escapist entertainment / Emili Johnson ; Reality television addresses hot-button issues / Michael Hirschorn ; Reality television debases society / Jonah Goldberg ; Courtroom television shows are entertaining and educational / Lisa Respers France ; Courtroom television shows present a distorted view of the American legal system / Erika Lane ; Prison television educates viewers about the prison experience / James Parker ; Prison television offers a skewed view of the prison experience / Dawn K. Cecil and Jennifer L. Leitner -- How does television advertising affect society? Television ads reflect society / Nathan Hoofnel ; Television ads are becoming more indecent / Linda Chavez ; Advocacy ads should be allowed / Tracy Clark-Flory ; Networks should have consistent standards for airing advocacy ads / Jeffrey Lord ; Infomercials are an effective way of advertising / Matthew Maudlin ; Infomercials are useless and prey on the vulnerable / John Jacobs ; DVRs threaten television advertising / BusinessWeek ; DVRs benefit television advertising / PR Newswire -- How should television be regulated? The government must regulate indecency on television / L. Brent Bozell III ; The government should not strictly regulate indecency on television / Jesse Walker ; The government should strictly regulate television violence / John D. Rockefeller IV ; The government should not strictly regulate television violence / Jack Shafer ; The government should regulate the volume levels of television commercials / Bruce Simmons ; The government should not regulate the volume levels of television commercials / Adam Thierer.
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This volume explores the topics relating to television by presenting varied expert opinions that examine many of the different aspects that comprise these issues. The selected articles discuss many societal aspects relating to television viewing and the television industry. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications. Allows the reader to attain the higher-level critical thinking and reading skills that are essential in a culture of diverse and contradictory opinions.