chapter  16
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Mediaprop: Shooting the TV Messenger

Violence in our popular culture has been reported by mediaprop as being of epidemic proportions, and the critics want to shoot television as the messenger. Academic researchers, social critics, and politicians have inveighed against TV portrayals of sex and violence. The constancy and the pervasiveness of that criticism already has produced a consciousness of totalprop, and there is little likelihood that the criticisms will be mitigated. What is more, there is little likelihood that television will get the unspoken message: Although it cannnot be proved that it is creating violence in the society, or even mirroring it, it is denying the society the most effective use of the medium and thus limiting the potential of the popular culture.