Education: The Violent & the Bland

Are children better prepared for life's realities by 1) insulation or 2) exposure?

In Los Angeles, the National Association for Better Radio and Television, an earnest organization headed by a dentist's wife and staffed by eleven housewife "panelists," put out its sixth annual ratings of juvenile TV programs, condemned 31 out of 67 as "objectionable" or "most objectionable." Hopalong Cassidy, said NAFBRAT, is "objectionable because of typical Western crime element." At Captain Midnight, "even the stronghearted falter," and Jungle Jim episodes are a "mixture of kidnaping, torture, unbearable suspense, horrible screams." NAFBRAT also condemned Superman ("Youngsters believe his 'super' talents to be...

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