Essay: There Must Be a Nicer Way

The question comes from the Rev. Donald Wildmon, head of the National Federation for Decency: "Where is the TV show about a modern home with decent people?" The glib answer is: Nowhere. Ordinarily, a crusade to purify the tales shown on the tube would deserve only that short shrift. But Wildmon's question begs for a more thoughtful response, if only because TV's gory and jiggly tales are not the only ones that are conspicuously short on niceness. The same can be said of most all the world's fiction, narrative or dramatic, trash or quality....

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