Television: Figs for Newton

In an article headlined ALL THAT NEWS & NO DOLLS, Variety Columnist George Rosen this week looked back at television over the past season and coined a word for what had happened to it: "minowism." Under the influence of minowism, TV has become singularly zealous in public affairs, documentary and news programs. "Yet," says Rosen, "the question is frequently being asked these days: how much is enough? If, as is generally concluded, television is essentially an entertainment medium designed to give the viewer a respite and a measure of relaxation after a day's travails, at what point do the 'public...

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