Why is There No Balance or Impartiality in TV Drama or Soap Operas?

Apr 10, 2016 by

By Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday: If you want to change someone’s mind, don’t bother arguing with him. Get control of a major TV or radio soap opera and you are halfway there. I would love to infiltrate the scriptwriters of Coronation Street and insert a storyline about a bright young teenager who starts smoking cannabis and ends up hopelessly mentally ill, stuck on a locked ward as his weeping parents wonder why nobody did anything to enforce the drug laws. Or EastEnders might feature the...

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Who do we think we are?

Mar 30, 2016 by

by Fleur Letcher, MercatorNet: One of my favourite television shows is the ancestry reality-television show, Who Do You Think You Are?, broadcast by the BBC and SBS. Each series features a range of celebrities, such as Britain’s David Suchet, Nigella Lawson, Jeremy Clarkson and David Tennant, and Australia’s Geoffrey Rush, Sigrid Thornton, Michael Caton and Maggie Beer. The program’s historians and genealogists help these celebrities trace their ancestry back to people and places in their...

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The Shame Culture

Mar 21, 2016 by

by David Brooks, New York Times: In 1987, Allan Bloom wrote a book called “The Closing of the American Mind.” The core argument was that American campuses were awash in moral relativism. Subjective personal values had replaced universal moral principles. Nothing was either right or wrong. Amid a wave of rampant nonjudgmentalism, life was flatter and emptier. Bloom’s thesis was accurate at the time, but it’s not accurate anymore. College campuses are today awash in moral judgment. Many people...

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Lad culture? How British teenage girls outdo boys for sex and drunkenness

Mar 16, 2016 by

By John Bingham, Telegraph: World Health Organisation study shows teenage girls in UK more likely than boys to have sex or get drunk – or at least admit to it. They are the kind of vices it is traditionally assumed teenage boys will exaggerate and girls underplay. But according to a major new international study, British teenage girls not only have some of the highest rates of under-age sex and drunkenness in Europe but are even outdoing boys. According to the four-yearly report published by...

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Our Christian revival will be incremental, not revolutionary

Mar 13, 2016 by

by Julian Mann, The Conservative Woman: “Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the Lord, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster on themselves” (Isaiah 3v8-9 – NIV). First a point needs to be made about responsibly interpreting Old Testament prophecy. In the run-up to the English Civil War, too many...

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5 Things That Have Turned Us Into a Nation of Whiners

Mar 13, 2016 by

by John Horvat, The Blaze: On campuses nationwide, students have whined about what they call “micro-aggressions.” People suffering from “micro-aggressions” are offended by tiny acts that might in some slight way, point to politically incorrect behavior. The offended student then feels free to demand changes from college administrators in a very macro-aggressive way. Such an attitude is an example of what has turned the country into a nation of whiner To understand the problem of how society...

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