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Race-Based Survivor is Proof of Entertainment Industry's "Tin Ear," Says Prof. Jeff McCall '76

September 4, 2006

Jeff McCall 2006.jpgSeptember 4, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - "I think TV should serve more of a cultural leadership role in society and not engage in potentially polarizing programming just for shameless ratings purposes," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University, tells Virginia's Richmond Times-Dispatch. Dr. McCall is quoted in a story examining the decision by CBS to cast contestants on the program Survivor into teams based on their race. "I think this demonstrates that the entertainment industry has a tin ear when it comes to cultural awareness," the professor states.

McCall, a 1976 graduate of DePauw, adds, "Many people have worked hard over the years to promote racial TV Generic Off.jpgcooperation and break down the barriers of segregation without having a major TV network artificially create racial separation."

Read the complete story at the newspaper's Web site.

Over the weekend, the Indianapolis Star published a Jeff McCall opinion column on a disagreement between media organizations and the National Football League. Read more by clicking here.

Source: Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch