ERIC Number: ED133734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Game TV Plays: Or, Why an English Teacher Came to Hate Barnaby Jones.
Shaw, Patrick W.
The message of current popular television shows in which the hero is, or appears to be, a dumb clod (e.g., Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford, Columbo, and Barnaby Jones), apparently is that corruption may be equated with articulation, wealth, and education, while virtue may be equated with poverty and, often, illiteracy. Unfortunately, the effect of this message upon undiscerning college students may be immediate and far-reaching in its implication that the speaking and writing of literate English is an elitist and undesirable quality and that to be versed in literature is to wear a red "A" on the bosom. In contrast, the novels taught in a college literature course approximate life more nearly than do clod-hero television shows, and a college composition course imparts more practical knowledge than does Columbo or any other clod hero. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (30th, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 21-23, 1976)