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Authors

Marvin Wexler

Abstract

The mass media, ani;l TV in particular, have significant effects on many crucial aspects of our national life. As Commissioner Nicholas Johnson of the Federal Communication Commission has pointed out:

Race: When the Kerner Commission examined race relations in the United States, it ended up having to devote an entire chapter of its report to the implications of the mass media.

Violence: After the Eisenhower Commission conducted its inquiry into violence in our country, it published a book length staff study on the relationship between violence in television ·programming and violence in our society.

Education: The most dramatic recent success in educational reform is a television program: "Sesame Street".

Politics: When Senator Fulbright searched for the Key to the military-industrial-complex he ended up writing an entire book entitled The Pentagon Propaganda Machine.

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