Hollywood vs. America, by Michael Medved
Hollywood vs. America is a passionate and immensely readable polemic about the entertainment industry’s self-destructive assault on the ideas and mores of its American audience. Michael Medved, the affably innocuous co-host of the weekly PBS movie-review show, Sneak Previews, here shows little evidence of his TV persona; instead, his plainspoken book combines eye-opening research, encyclopedic detail, and sophisticated analysis to explain how Hollywood’s alienation from traditional values is itself alienating American moviegoers and television viewers.
Given the intensive focus these days on the American entertainment industry, one might think that movies were more popular than ever, and that more people were watching television than ever. Medved demonstrates that neither is true. Movie attendance is half what it was 30 years ago, while the network-television audience is a third smaller than it was 15 years ago. Even such new forms of entertainment as video rentals are down, with a startling 6-percent decline in 1991 alone.
About the Author
John Podhoretz is editor of COMMENTARY.