The Michael Jackson Affair: A Postmodern Morality Play

Right up to the present, the most tasteful and appropriate response to the Michael Jackson controversy has been to ignore it altogether. This freakish morality tale has seemed to be more fitting for the tabloids than for serious moral consideration. Nevertheless, millions of Americans and others around the world are captivated by this macabre mess even as the brute reality of criminal charges now formalizes the controversy.

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Talking Dirty on TV: America’s Obscenely Low Standards

The coarsening of America’s public life continues, with Hollywood and its media complex driving the decline in moral standards. Recent evidence of this comes from TV Guide, in an article that documents the rise of sex, nudity, and vulgar language in prime-time television. In light of recent developments, even TV Guide is prompted to ask, “How much freedom is too much?”

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