Television: Window to Violence

I recently spent two weeks in Los Angeles on a visit with my family. There were no visible signs of damage from the recent riots in the few areas we visited. Although the weather was unusually hot and muggy, life in L.A. appeared normal. Desiring to “reconnect” with my native culture, I found myself watching several hours of television a day at my parent’s home, something I would never do in Japan. I began reflecting on some of the typical patterns of “normal life” in the U.S.A. and the role occupied by television and its influence.

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