SOUTH AFRICA: Into the TV Age

After decades of debate over the potentially corrupting influences of television, South Africa last week was — in the words of one Johannesburg columnist — "dragged, kicking and screaming, into the TV age." More than a million view ers, mostly whites who paid up to $1,200 for color sets, watched the five-hour nightly programs, broadcast in both English and Afrikaans. They included Shane, the Bob Newhart Show, news broadcasts, a concert by the Orchestre de Paris and the film oldie Oklahoma!

Hardly the sort of licentious fare that would inflame Zulu houseboys to run up stairs and rape madame, as...

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