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Primetime Propaganda by Ben Shapiro
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Jun 02, 2011

really liked it
Recommended for: People with an interest in politics or the TV industry
Read from October 19, 2011 to April 12, 2012

This is the sort of book that wouldn't have been as good if anyone other than Ben Shapiro had written it. First of all, Ben clearly loves the TV industry, and is not writing this book as a right winger trying to rally the nation against liberal hollywood. He is legitimately trying to improve telavision for both liberals and conservatives. He was really able to move the debate to the next level. There have been many books or articles on trying to prove hollywood is liberal. And he does include many examples of liberalism on tv. But he also was able to talk to many of the industrys major players, and gotten them to go on the record about hollywoods liberalism.

Shapiro first gives a history of TV, and the shift from rural, more conservative audiences, to the more urban, more liberal audiences of today. He talks to TV executives about their desire to create content that causes their viewers to question values, and to move in a more liberal direction. And because it's not done in a "gotcha" kind of way, he was able to have some very candid and revealing interviews. There's not a lot of that these days.

He goes on to give histories and examples from many of the most liberal shows in history, and gives an extensive timeline showing the progression of liberal ideals being presented on TV.

Shapiro finally gives his ideas on how to improve the industry, in such a way that everyone would benifit. He blows holes in the argument that younger viewers are more important than older viewers, which is one of the ways that the networks have justified targeting the younger, and naturally more liberal, viewers.

Overall, I was very impressed with the book.
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