The Fragmentation of Tube Culture

In the Washington Times, Professor Robert Thompson, founder of Syracuse University's Center For the Study of Popular Television, describes an "ongoing fragmentation" as the biggest change in pop culture since he started studying it twenty-five years ago:
Movies, television and radio built the greatest consensus culture the world had ever seen. You had everybody feeding at the same cultural trough. Even the medieval Catholic Church didn't have this kind of grip.
I rejoice in this move away from a "uni-mind" generated by the culture of television. Let's put away our nostalgia; pop culture's narrow feeding trough of twenty years ago offered scant space for life-affirming Kingdom fare on the tube. Despite the disturbing violence and degradation of human sexuality that's on-screen now, our kids are also starting to have access to more wholesome, valuable entertainment. Besides, if pop culture is starting to seem fragmented and full of contradictions to our kids, it might spur their generation to hunt beyond the vagaries of the day for lasting, eternal truths.

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