For Buffy Neophytes and Fans

pms laflame at
Thu Feb 25 14:58:40 PST 1999

At 04:36 PM 2/25/99 -0500, you wrote:
>Apsken at wrote:
>>Doug wrote,
>>"How can you understand American society without a TV? Assuming you have any
>>interest in understanding American society, of course."
>>I don't have a television, but I have never felt out of touch with American
>>society. On the other hand, plenty of what I read on the Internet makes me
>>wonder where the on-line world connects with reality.
>>I'm particularly surprised to see this from Doug, since he added a dose of
>>reality when others were urging him to be our Marxist savior via tube
>I don't remember the exact numbers, but the average American watches 4-8
>hours of TV a day, and something like 98% of U.S. households (including
>around 90% of poor households) have TVs. It's the way most people get their
>news. It's a major way fashion and popular culture are disseminated.
>Phrases from ads enter the language, and ads themselves do a lot to
>fetishize the commodity. As the old man said, when an ideology grips the
>mind of the masses it becomes a material force, and TV has a lot to do with
>the process. This all seems painfully obvious to me - am I missing

Not one itsy-bitsy thing. If Phil hadn't brought the drag queens on, would there even be an effective gay liberation movement?

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