It’s Not All Bad –Part 3: Smarter TV Plots

By Dr. Charlie W. Starr   I’ve often talked about what’s bad in mass media. In this series I am purposely emphasizing what’s good. And among the good is that plotlines in TV dramas have become more complex and interesting.  Television has been called “the plug-in drug” and blamed for the dumbing down of America. […]

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It’s Not All Bad Part 2: YouTube

By Dr. Charlie W. Starr   I’m proud of my son, Bryan. Last year he found a website devoted to filmmaking that holds monthly contests for independent short films. The site provides an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to send in projects and possibly win some prizes, not the least of which is bragging rights. Bryan’s […]

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It’s Not All Bad–Part 1: Video Games

By Dr. Charlie W. Starr   I recently read a quote about a man who fears the rise of a new communications technology:  “This discovery . . . will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories . . . they will be hearers of many things and will have […]