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ERIC Number: ED158288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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"Roots": Medium and Message.
Kinnamon, Keneth
A national telephone survey indicated that audiences rated the television production of "Roots" positively in terms of the following: realistic portrayal of the people and the times; relevance for contemporary race relations; perceived emotional effect; and increased understanding of the psychology of black people. However, a comparison of the television production with the book, "Roots," reveals that commercial television was more concerned with appealing to a mass audience than with reflecting the authentic quality of the original text. The television version obscured the author's black point of view and altered the basic message of the book in that it magnified the importance of the whites in the plot (Captain Davies was not a compassionate man in the novel) and drastically reduced the amount of time devoted to the main character's life in Africa and the ethnic background that was integral to the theme of the story. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Response; Roots (Haley)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (67th, New York City, November 24-26, 1977)