TITLE

A Producer's Point of View on Television for Children

AUTHOR(S)
Henson, James
PUB. DATE
August 1971
SOURCE
Clinical Pediatrics;Aug1971, Vol. 10 Issue 8, p465
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents information on the author's views on television for children. Television started out as a service to sell products. It was set up as an industry to put programs on the air, with payment for these programs coming from the people buying the products that sponsor the programs. People may moralize about this, but television is still an industry to sell products. Good shows cost money. If one wants to have good programs for children, these all cost money and someone has to pay for them. There is another problem. The networks were not set up to educate the children, although it is certain they are educating and influencing them. The whole influence of television has crept up on everyone. It was never intended to be the huge cultural force it has become. In the society three forces are now shaping the children's thinking; parents, the school and television. Both the parents and the school view everything they do towards children with some degree of responsibility. Television does not, and it will not until there are reasons, probably economic reasons, to do so.
ACCESSION #
17192751

 

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