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Ever since the 1950s, when television became ascendent in American popular culture, it has become commonplace to bemoan its "bad" effects. Little or nothing, however, has been said about its "good" effects. With this observation, Henry Perkinson introduces his provocative and original analysis of television and culture. Rejecting the determinism inherent in most studies of the effects of television ("we are what we watch"), he insists that it is people that actively change culture, media having no agency to do so. Nevertheless, he argues that television did facilitate the changes we have made in our culture over the past thirty years. In the new epilogue, Henry Perkinson discusses the current state of television and the changes that have occurred in the first half of this decade. He examines how reporters have become not just messengers of information but the message itself. They become the focus of stories as they search for the scandalous side of all issues and persons. Perkinson also shows how America continues to be driven by moralist politics, launched and sustained by television.