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Monday, July 17, 2006

Televisions Anti-Business Agenda - A Paradox

Like it or not, America is a Capitalistic society. We have freedom and liberties and we have to sources to make a modest living or create wealth. However, a careful study of TV shows demonstrates the moguls who create "entertainment" business is evil.
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A study published last month by the Business & Media Institute, in the world of TV entertainment, "businessmen [are] a greater threat to society than terrorists, gangs or the mob."
xxx The study, titled "Bad Company," looked at the top 12 TV dramas during May and November in 2005, ranging from crime shows like "CSI" to the goofy "Desperate Housewives." Out of 39 episodes that featured business-related plots, the study found, 77% advanced a negative view of the world of commerce and its practitioners.
xxx On the various "Law & Order" shows, for instance, businessmen committed almost 50% of felonies --mostly murders --. In almost all of the primetime programs, when private-sector protagonists showed up, they were usually doing something unethical, cruel or downright criminal.
xxx Dan Gainor, director of the Business & Media Institute and the study's author states, over time plots that ritually make entrepreneurs the bad guys have a pernicious effect: "This becomes part of our collective worldview. We think all businessmen are somehow scummy. We think you had to lie, cheat or murder to get ahead." Mr. Gainor believes that the business bashing on TV may reflect the political mindset of its writers.
xxx Then again, it may simply be dictated by...money. "Law and Order," for instance, has found a commercially successful formula by focusing heavily on the lives of white-collar folk and scenarios that feature swank New York apartments -- so it makes sense to draw the franchise's killers from the same milieu.
xxx Many enthusiastically watch these shows and so corporate sponsors quite happily subsidize the skewering with their advertising dollars. Unless that changes, don't be surprised if, as the subtitle of Mr. Gainor's study says: "For the American businessman, primetime is crime time."
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Source: Wall Street Journal (Subscription)

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