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    Michael Medved
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Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values is a 1992 book by conservative film critic Michael Medved

Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values is a 1992 book by conservative film critic Michael Medved. Its purpose is an examination and condemnation of violence and sexuality in cinema, as well as other media, such as TV and rock music.

Michael Medved's "Hollywood Vs. America" is an excellent observation of how out of touch Hollywood is with . America" is an excellent observation of how out of touch Hollywood is with America and how they are influencing our youth. Michael looks at many different aspects of Hollywood and the media but he really takes a good look at how they handle the subject of sex. He points out how Hollywood has made sex a requirement for any movie to be "romantic.

Hollywood Vs. America book. Michael Medved attacks Hollywood’s tendency to bash America, attack religion, and affront the sensibilities of average Americans

Hollywood Vs. Michael Medved attacks Hollywood’s tendency to bash America, attack religion, and affront the sensibilities of average Americans. These attacks are not, however, a conspiracy, but merely the natural result of an insulated society of actors, producers, writers, and directors who are rarely, if ever, exposed to "mainstream America.

Finally, Medved shows where and how Hollywood took a disastrous wrong .

Finally, Medved shows where and how Hollywood took a disastrous wrong turn toward its current crisis, and he outlines promising efforts both in and outside the industry to restore a measure of sanity and restraint to our media of mass entertainment. Sure to elicit strong response, whether it takes the form of cheers of support or howl. Medved asserts that Hollywood ignores-and assaults-the values of ordinary American families, pursuing a self-destructive and alienated ideological agenda that is harmful to the nation at large and to the industry's own interests.

Hollywood vs America was criticized in two articles by Brian Siano in the . 1 2 Medved, Michael (1992).

The English novelist Martin Amis agreed with some of Medved's points about violence affecting young audiences, while still ultimately rejecting Medved's argument, saying violence was an inevitable part of any artistic medium. Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values.

Why does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that Americans hold dear? .

Why does our popular culture seem so consistently hostile to the values that Americans hold dear? Why does the entertainment industry attack religion, glorify brutality, undermine the family, and deride patriotism? In this explosive book, one of the nation’s best known film critics examines how Hollywood has broken faith with its public, creating movies, television, and popular music that exacerbate every serious social problem we face, from teenage pregnancies to violence in the streets.

Michael Medved delivers a speech for the Ashbrook Center's Major Issues Lecture Series on February 25, 1993

Michael Medved delivers a speech for the Ashbrook Center's Major Issues Lecture Series on February 25, 1993. Recap of Michael's book signing event at the Eastside Republican club in Bellevue, Washington. Talking about his book The 10 Big Lies about America. Film critic Michael Medved discussed his book, Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values, in which he criticizes producers of. Категория.

Michael Medved is not only the most perceptive and persuasive of the major American film critics, but he is. Bob DeMoss, J. Youth Culture Specialist, Focus on the Family "Michael Medved understands movies and the movie business better than anyone else in America.

Michael Medved is not only the most perceptive and persuasive of the major American film critics, but he is also the most courageous. While his new book will not endear him to many studio executives, it is easily the most provocative study of the moral implications of film ever written, " - Jim Svedja, film critic, CBS Radio "This book is fascinating but disturbing reading - a badly needed wake-up call for the entertainment industry.

Medved argued in the book that since the 1960s, American popular culture-especially Hollywood cinema-had been .

Medved argued in the book that since the 1960s, American popular culture-especially Hollywood cinema-had been producing art that was excessively violent, sexual and disrespectful to authority, and that such art was having a harmful effect on American society References. a b Medved, Michael (1992).

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Visonima
Anything Michel Medved writes is worth of reading even when I do not agree (sometimes) a 100%. God bless this writer. Jose.
Rrd
Michael Medved speaks for many of us who have watched Hollywood continue to isolate itself from the very audience that it seeks to entertain.
Xar
Michael Medved's "Hollywood Vs. America" is an excellent observation of how out of touch Hollywood is with America and how they are influencing our youth.
Michael looks at many different aspects of Hollywood and the media but he really takes a good look at how they handle the subject of sex. He points out how Hollywood has made sex a requirement for any movie to be "romantic." Because of his observations on this subject, it has made me review some of the movies I consider "my favorites" and I've made a decision to not watch them or recommend them anymore.
While he makes his Judeo-Christian views apparent in many different parts of the book, he also uses a lot of common sense when addressing many of the issues. He points out that some of us can watch a movie and see people brutally murdered and we sit there with no reaction at all. I have caught myself becoming "numb" to a lot of the violence in movies. Sure, it isn't going to make me run out and commit these acts, but it has become commonplace to see heads explode or people dismembered that a lot of us are not even aware of how horrific these scenes are.
He also points out that less than 5% of movies in the past 15 years show religion in a positive way. I couldn't agree more. Recently, there have been movies (Return To Me, The Apostle, Signs) that show how a long-suffering faith in God can bring you through everything. Why is it that Hollywood can't see that a lot more than 5% of Americans have a religious faith and would like to see more of that in films? It is a shame.
This is an excellent commentary on today's time. It does tend to get a little repetitive and tedious toward the end but he does make excellent observations and leaves it up to you to decide.
Hono
This book is an excellent read and Medved really makes it clear how Hollywood liberalism has effected our culture in some very negative ways.
Karon
Great product - Thanks!
Bajinn
I have only just had a chance to read this marvellous book, but I wish I had known about it years ago. Medved demonstrates what I have long realised but have never been able to assemble the evidence to prove - that the powers behind the modern entertainment industry have consistently pushed certain lines - anti-family, anti-religious, anti-authoritarian, and the whole assemblage of ideas and opinions now known as "political correctness", while ignoring or persecuting anything that goes against these views, and that they do this even when it means sacrificing their supposed highest priority, profitability.
He argues his case so brilliantly, and demonstrates it so exhaustively, that his critics are are reduced to oversimplification, misrepresentation and name-calling.
Some reviewers have labelled his arguments simplistic, naïve and lacking objectivity. I think they have only skimmed through his book, or else read it with such bias that they can't see what he is saying. Many of them assume that because he criticises one movie for embodying a particular trend and praises another for going against the trend, he is making a blanket statement about the value of those films. It should be obvious that this is not the case, as he makes a point of praising the overall quality of some of the movies he criticises.
This book is a must-read for anyone who is seriously interested in understanding what is happening to the world.
Vetitc
Even though this book was written back in the early 1990's, it still rings so true today in what is wrong with the movies of today. He should definitely do an updated version with current films, but as far as concepts go, this book, though outdated, is still full of a wealth of insightful commentaries and values and morals we should hang on to, and not let Hollywood spoon-feed us the trash they do everyday.
If you've wondered why in the world so many anti-American, anti-family, anti-religion movies manage to earn Oscars, this book is for you.

In it, Michael Medved takes a long hard look at the stuff produced by the movie industry and shows that there's a pattern to it all.

It's not "greed" and "profit." Despite the attempts of numerous left-leaning folks to smear capitalism and the free market, it isn't "corporate greed" that drove the movies down into their current state. As Medved shows, lots of studios could have done much better at the box office if they had produced moral and uplifting films that respected (not "promoted," just "respected") the values held by the vast majority of Americans.

No, the movie industry is just out of touch with its market. And why? The culprit isn't "greed" but a false idealism.

What Medved shows in effect is that the moviemakers are playing to the chorus -- looking for accolades from their peers based on their alleged "artistic achievement." And that achievement is based on a view of "art" that most of us probably wouldn't find congenial.

Medved shows that there is an overarching pattern in what's been coming out of Hollywood for the last three of four decades. Its destructive "art" (with some exceptions that should have taught the industry something about its customers) tends deliberately to take traditional religion and morality as its intentional target, and regards the trashing of those values as a "success."

Disagree? Then let Medved convince you. Watch him summarize, e.g., Hollywood's recent portrayals of clergy and other religiously devoted people, and then ask yourself what would have happened if the movie industry had similarly targeted, say, gays and lesbians. If you give the obvious answer, then you'll know there's a powerful bias at work in the "entertainment" world.