The 90’s, episode 201: TV Culture And How It Affects World Views

Episode 201 of the award-winning TV series The 90's. This episode is called "TV CULTURE AND HOW IT AFFECTS WORLD VIEWS" and features the following segments:

00:00Copy video clip URL Color bars.

00:47Copy video clip URL The 90’s Opening.

02:02Copy video clip URL “Covering the Coverage: The 1990 Nicaraguan Elections” by Bob Hercules. A Chicago TV crew travels to Managua and reports on U.S. television journalists’ coverage of the historic elections. NBC’s Jane Whitney: “I’m scared by reporters misconception, preconceived ideas, frames of reference… if you’re only getting your news from TV… you’re not getting your news.” Photojournalist: “There’s problems communicating here…reporter’s contacts aren’t good, there’s political baggage and it’s tough to see the other side of the coin…”

08:48Copy video clip URL “TV Addicts” by The Media Foundation. A PSA for the Media Foundation urging parents to monitor children’s TV habits.

09:02Copy video clip URL “Todd Alcott” by Skip Blumberg. Another rant from 90’s regular, Todd Alcott. Todd speaks as a TV. “Look at Me… Look at me!!” “People try to tell you that I’m bad for you… you tell them I’ve been here through thick and thin, 110% of the time!… You’ll get crime, thrills, sex, right here, all in the next 8 minutes… it’s miracle… look at me… look AT ME!!!”

10:51Copy video clip URL “Video in the Villages” by Vincent Carelli. For the past two years South American Indian tribes have used video cameras to record their ceremonies and events in an effort to increase communication between tribes and to preserve ancient traditions that are in danger of being forgotten.

16:00Copy video clip URL “Kids TV.” A group of grade six students from Chicago take part in Panasonic Corp’s video contest and make their own television newscast.

17:41Copy video clip URL “Revolution: What a Crock” by John Walden and Paper Tiger TV. A critique of Ted Koppel’s recent report on the increased use and influence of home video on television news. “It’s the same old thing… Ted and Co. trivialize images, render them empty of meaning an maintain control of the message which doesn’t encourage us to be active, which doesn’t empower us to take part in the world around us. It’s the same old stuff in a brand new box… under the pretense of telling us something new.”

24:23Copy video clip URL “Free Speech” by Skip Blumberg. On the streets of New York City, a spokesman attracts a crowd with his advice to blacks and Latinos to avoid assimilation and support only black and Latino businesses. A white policeman tries to disperse the crowd but is denounced: “The man has a right to voice his opinions, and we have a right to listen!”

30:07Copy video clip URL “Popeye the Sailor Man” by Eddie Becker. At the Earth Day celebrations in Washington, D.C., Popeye joins the ecology movement. “I’m Popeye the sailor man, I recycle my spinach can… Anyone who pollutes the air, earth, or ocean is nothing more than a criminal!”

31:47Copy video clip URL “It’s Television ” by TVTV. A spoof of early TV in the U.S. in the early 1950’s. A middle class family gets their first TV and the whole neighborhood comes to watch. “Sit back and light up a Camel.”

34:40Copy video clip URL “Dee Davis” by Appalshop. Davis comments on TV: “The problem with television is that programming is developed to sell things. TV should change people’s lives, should offer new enthusiasm, should make the lame walk and the blind see.”

35:16Copy video clip URL “Don Cherry” by Starr Sutherland. A musician at the Victoria Theater in San Francisco plays a 3 in 1 instrument: a kazoo, a “Jew’s harp” and a clicker.

36:49Copy video clip URL “The Today Show” by Nancy Cain. Cain observes a live outdoor taping of The Today Show in Venice Beach, California. We see Bryant Gumbel and Frank Zappa, Jay Leno visits a falafel stand and attracts a crowd.

40:29Copy video clip URL “Selling Gold” by Skip Blumberg. On Chambers and Broadway in New York City, a street vendor sells gold jewelry.

41:05Copy video clip URL “Cutaways” by R.D. Rosen. A comedic piece in which Rosen demonstrates how to shoot cutaways, a TV production trick to cover jump cuts in an interview. The camera records the interviewer pretending to listen intently, looking doubtful, mildly astonished, etc. He also shows us the wrong way to appear in the cutaways: nodding off to sleep, flossing your teeth, etc.

43:13Copy video clip URL “Export TV: Anatomy of an Electronic Invasion” by Monica Melamid. A short documentary about TV Marti, a U.S. broadcast from Key West, FL aimed at the people of Cuba. Its mission is broadcast anti-Castro propaganda in order to influence Cuban public opinion.

48:13Copy video clip URL “The Surf Report” by Nancy Cain. It focuses on a Misha, a street vendor on Venice Beach. Originally from the Soviet Union, Misha sells “Gorby” T-shirts on Venice Beach and sings a song.

49:40Copy video clip URL “Nestle Quick Commercial.” A ventriloquist and his dog, Farfel, sell Nestle’s instant chocolate.

50:34Copy video clip URL “First Anniversary of Tompkins Square” by Marcel Lacroix. One year after homeless people are evicted from a NYC park, another confrontation occurs when people gather to commemorate the anniversary. Police force the homeless to leave the park, so they move to the street, then are forced to leave the street and go back to the park. A portrait of this clash with authority.

54:13Copy video clip URL “Contrasts” by Lillian Liberman. We see the contrast between the wealthy and the poor in Mexico City.

55:47Copy video clip URL Music video for the song “The Human Race” by Aashid. He sings about the sorry state of the human race: “What’s wrong with men living in this world… maiming and killing and raping little girls…”

56:20Copy video clip URL End credits begin over Aashid.



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