Amazing Media Study:
TV Creates Demographic Winter in Germany
An academic study in Germany was able to identify a relationship between TV consumption and fertility by exploiting a natural experiment that took place within Communist East Germany during the Cold War.
Contrary to East Germany’s values and family role models promoted by the communist regime, West Germany’s TV messages were not regulated by the government and portrayed lifestyles where children and the traditional family only played a small part.
In Western television programs, female characters had much fewer children or no children at all. The researchers found robust evidence that consumption of Western TV programs, which promoted smaller families, sig...
By Dr. Diane Howard, Contributing Writer
Date: Friday, July 31, 2015
Two actresses, Candace Cameron Bure and Lori Laughlin, are bringing some grace to your TV screens.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday, “The decision to reboot the ABC comedy FULL HOUSE [starring Bure] on Netflix with most of the original cast came down to the idea of families watching TV together.”
The reboot, called FULLER HOUSE had its first taping last week. IMDb reports that the storyline for the new FULLER HOUSE concerns D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) as a widow and mother of two who’s expecting a third. When things become too much to handle, she asks her sister, Stephanie, and her best-friend, Kimmy, to help.
Also on Tuesday, the ...
A Look At Glen Campbell's Life and Music in I'LL BE ME
Courtesy of The Flaming Nose
“That keeps you in the backroads by the rivers of my memory. That keeps you ever gentle on my mind.” Gentle On My Mind (John Hartford)
My dad died from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. He battled the disease in its full frontal assault for twelve years, but he had the disease before the more obvious signs of the disease took place. I’m not a doctor and no one in my immediate family has had formal medical training. Had we known earlier that personality changes are part of the earliest stages of the disease we would have known the disease was approaching. My dad’s illness most likely started some four to five
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Surprise! Another Study Shows Violent, Sexual Content Hurts Ad Success
A new study similar to previous ones shows again that violent and sexual content in the media decreases advertising effectiveness.
Published by the American Psychological Association, the study found that depictions of sex and violence in the mass media, whether in programming or in the ads themselves, ultimately deter consumer purchasing.
Violence had the biggest negative effect, the study found, but as the sexual content of an ad increased, “viewers’ memory, attitudes and buying intentions all decreased.”
“Sex and violence do not sell,” the study’s co-author, Brad J. Bushman, professor of communication and psychology at The Ohio State Universi...
Tom Cruise Is Sticking with Scientology:
Plans of a Scientology TV Network Revealed
By Moriah Dee, Contributing Writer
It’s not news that Tom Cruise has been a huge supporter of the psycho-cult Scientology since the 1980s, which is why many people were shocked recently when rumors were circulating that he was leaving the church in order to have a relationship with his 9 year old daughter, Suri Cruise. If Cruise had left the cult, there would be huge consequences for him. The church of Scientology does not take members leaving lightly. Although the creed of the cult boasts the right of man to choose his own religion, if a member of the cult leaves they are ostracized and hounded by the church.
Leah Remini, who left the cu...
Making Jesus Lord of Hollywood Requires Making Jesus Your Lord
By David Outten, IT Editor
When you think of “Hollywood,” you probably don’t think of an industry out to glorify God and share the Gospel. You think of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, a pagan lifestyle, and, even, hostility to Christianity.
How can that be changed?
Obviously, if the people that make up what Americans calls “Hollywood” would all accept Jesus Christ as Lord, and live accordingly, Hollywood would change. This would be wonderful, but unlikely. Some people in Hollywood are Christian and some are becoming Christians, but the industry as a whole is very diverse.
So, how do you bring about change?
The entertainment industry exists to make a pr...
Marvel Heads Down the Slippery Hollywood Slope
By David Outten and Dr. Ted Baehr
Marvel’s ANT-MAN soils a good father/daughter story with gratuitous foul language and underperformed at the box office. THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON turns foul language into a running gag where Captain America is kidded for being critical of it, and then winds up using some himself.
Many, many times you hear comments like. “That was a cool movie. I just wish it didn’t have all that foul language.”
Marvel is in business to make money. It makes a lot of money on its superhero movies. Marvel’s executives should consider, “Does adding foul language increase or decrease box office?”
In 20 years of research, Movieguide® has shown it decreases...
Planned Parenthood Exposed:
The Brave New World of News
By David Outten
It was not 60 minutes, 20/20 or 48 Hours that exposed Planned Parenthood for selling the body parts of aborted babies. It wasn’t even Fox News. It was a private organization that went undercover posing as a biotech firm seeking “intact tissue.”
In the past, gatekeepers at the major news networks managed television news. They could make it look as if Richard Nixon was the first president to ever engage in a cover-up of criminal dirty politics. They could choose not to cover the trial of America’s butcher Kermit Gosnell. They could avoid covering pedophilia in Washington.
Now, the stories the major networks don’t want to cover are being cove...
Christianity Is Declining in America
The number of Americans identifying themselves as Christian has declined in recent years.
A 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center of more than 35,000 Americans found that “the percentage of adults (18 or older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in an equally massive Pew research survey in just seven years, from 78.4% in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014.
“Over the same period, the percent of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or ‘nothing in particular’ – has jumped more than six points, from 16.1% to 22.8%.
“And, the share of Americans who identify with Non-Christian faiths also has inc...
Miss Texas Celebrates Free Enterprise on Live Television
By Jonny Zachary, Contributing Writer
Amidst the controversy surrounding Donald Trump, the show went on…The 54th annual Miss USA pageant, to be specific. After weeks of hostility, the pageant was officially announced to air on the Reelz channel (which also airs the Movieguide® Awards) on Sunday, July 12th after NBC and Univision dropped out from airing the broadcast. There were a few mishaps as well as positive moments.
First, the show only brought in around 925,000 viewers—a steep drop from last year’s count, despite being available on the Reelz channel as well as online. Last year, Miss USA brought in an audience of roughly 5.6 million even while airing during the NBA ...