Hollywood vs. America

Hollywood vs America Why does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that most Americans hold dear Why does the entertainment industry attack religion glorify brutality undermine the family and

  • Title: Hollywood vs. America
  • Author: Michael Medved
  • ISBN: 9780060924355
  • Page: 129
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that most Americans hold dear Why does the entertainment industry attack religion, glorify brutality, undermine the family, and deride patriotism In this explosive book, one of the nation s best known film critics examines how Hollywood has broken faith with its public, creating movies, television, anWhy does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that most Americans hold dear Why does the entertainment industry attack religion, glorify brutality, undermine the family, and deride patriotism In this explosive book, one of the nation s best known film critics examines how Hollywood has broken faith with its public, creating movies, television, and popular music that exacerbate every serious social problem we face, from teenage pregnancies to violence in the streets.Michael Medved powerfully argues that the entertainment business follows its own dark obsessions, rather than giving the public what it wants In fact, the audience for feature films and network television has demonstrated its profound disillusionment in recent years, with disastrous consequences for many entertainment companies Meanwhile, overwhelming numbers of our fellow citizens complain about the wretched quality of our popular culture describing the offerings of the mass media as the worst ever Medved asserts that Hollywood ignores and assaults the values of ordinary American families, pursuing a self destructive and alienated ideological agenda that is harmful to the nation at large and to the industry s own interests.In hard hitting chapters on The Attack on Religion, The Addiction to Violence, Promoting Promiscuity, The Infatuation with Foul Language, Kids Know Best, Motivations for Madness, and other subjects, Medved outlines the underlying themes that turn up again and again in our popular culture He also offers conclusive evidence of the frightening real world impact of these messages on our society and our children.Finally, Medved shows where and how Hollywood took a disastrous wrong turn toward its current crisis, and he outlines promising efforts both in and outside the industry to restore a measure of sanity and restraint to our media of mass entertainment.Sure to elicit strong response, whether it takes the form of cheers of support or howls of enraged dissent, Hollywood vs America confronts head on one of the most significant issues of our times.

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    1. كتاب ممتاز يتحدث عن اثر هوليوود الخطير في تدمير قيم المجتمع الامريكي المحافظ وتغيير سلوكيات الشباب والمجتمع داخله. لا اعلم ان كان قدهذا الكتاب قد ترجم وانصح بترجمته والعناية بذلك.

    2. Michael Medved attacks Hollywood’s tendency to bash America, attack religion, and affront the sensibilities of average Americans. He argues the entertainment industry doesn't do so in order to make money, but in order to pursue its ideological goals. These attacks are not, however, a conspiracy, but merely the natural result of an insulated society of actors, producers, writers, and directors who are rarely, if ever, exposed to "mainstream America." For example, while religious revival was mov [...]

    3. This book was recommended to me by a friend who let me borrow it. When I actually sat down to start reading it, I knew I was in trouble seeing the ringing endorsement of Rush Limbaugh emblazoned on the cover.Written in 1991, Michael Medved examines what he calls Hollywood's "assault" on traditional family values. While at times he tries to sound fair and balanced, his use of language shows his strong bias against any film, television show, or music that he perceives as damaging or wrong-minded b [...]

    4. Oh, THIS book, I remember this one, it's hilariously bad, containing the most laughable arguments you could imagine. There's a howler on literally every page. The kind of book so stupid you're rendered stupider just by thinking about reading it, let alone actually doing so. Reading this book is like having someone hitting you in the head with a stick. Enjoy!

    5. Michael Medved, along with a dozen other critics, saw an advance screening of 1CThe Last Temptation of Christ 1D one summer afternoon in 1988, a couple of weeks before the film 19s release. While the nearly three-hour film was being shown, Medved says that several of his fellow critics snorted and chuckled derisively at the film 19s 1Claughable dialogue and bad acting. 1DAfterward, a reporter asked Meved what he thought about the film, which had already inspired controversy. 1CIt is the height o [...]

    6. The only factor preventing this book from getting a five-star rating is its age. At the same time, the perspective of reading this book almost a quarter-century after it was published confirms the true prescience of the author. To truly appreciate this book, the reader should be mindful that when it was published the internet was in its infancy, or he surely would have addressed its influence as well.Michael Medved is a thoughtful critic. He examines not only the features of the craft of film ma [...]

    7. Great BookMichael Medved speaks for many of us who have watched Hollywood continue to isolate itself from the very audience that it seeks to entertain.

    8. Michael Medved's book was a good account of what Hollywood has done to America's values and popular culture. The basic thesis of the book is that Hollywood's values and American values are at odds with one another. This book is somewhat dated. Medved recorded it in a studio in the summer of 1992. Nevertheless the concepts reman accurate, probably more so today 18 years later than when it was first released. It used to be that Hollywood made movies based on what popular opinion was. It was not un [...]

    9. While this book may be a bit dated (written in !992) it is very informative and even frightening. I had only given passing thoughts to the violence in television, movies and music these days. When confronted by the blunt realities of lyrics, images and dialogue my eyes were truly opened. There are a lot of statistics which show Medved really did his homework. And better yet, there are actual real life recommendations on how to solve and resolve this trend in our popular culture today. All in all [...]

    10. Известният журналист Майкъл Медвед пише преди двайсетина години книга за Холивуд и как филмите му пропагандират леви ценности. Като цяло верни неща, макар от малко прекалено консервативна за моя вкус гледна точка, а и филмите, които цитира не са точно нови вече. Ама ако няк [...]

    11. Medved is now known primarily as a conservative radio talk show host, but he was more of a movie critic at the time this book was written. He examines the way the media can (and often does) undermine America's moral values. Medved doesn't mince words (his examples can be offensive) but I found myself agreeing with most of his opinions. This book helped me to articulate a lot of what I intuitively knew regarding the mass media but was unable to knowledgeably express.

    12. Well-researched, well-documented, well-reasoned book laying out what we probably already knew: Broadly speaking, Hollywood tends to be antagonistic toward mainstream American cultural-religious values and severely antagonistic toward most things right of center in the socio-political spectrum. Exceptions to this are easy to find, but the general trend is pretty clear. Interestingly, Medved also demonstrates that this Hollywood ideology makes less financial sense than many suppose.

    13. book club pick for the month - sept. He had some good points and things to think about. The book was written over 10 years ago so it would be interesting to know what he thinks now and how much of what he is talking about has affected people now.

    14. I picked this up mostly because I have a good friend who just moved to L.A. to work in the entertainment industry, and I once sat next to Michael Medved in an airport. I didn't know it was Michael Medved. Nathan told me. I didn't know who Michael Medved was. Nathan told me.

    15. First rate review of how the values of the entertainment industry do not generally mirror those of the American population at large.

    16. This book is ok, but I was a little disappointed. I thought that it was going to be about Hollywood trying to withdraw from the union.

    17. A valuable discussion of the decidant values of Hollywood and other entertainment establishments, how they are at odds with American values, and how they influence those values.

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