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Media a "Drag on Our Nation's Moral Fabric," Prof. Jeff McCall '76 Says in Speech

October 27, 2007

may 2006 fox mccall.jpgOctober 27, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "A society defines itself based on the stories it tells each other," Jeffrey M. McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University and author of Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences, told an audience in Greencastle Thursday night. "Television has become the primary storyteller of today's society and there are moral implications for our society if we base our identity on that," added the 1976 DePauw graduate.

An article on the lecture published in Greencastle's Banner-Graphic notes that Dr. McCall writes newspaper op-ed columns on media matters and has appeared in a variety of news outlets, including FOX News' O'Reilly Factor.

McCall Book Viewer Discretion.jpg"McCall encouraged his audience to become more sophisticated and active media consumers, pointing to a recent poll suggesting that 75 percent of Americans believe that the media has, 'Become a drag on our nation's moral fabric,'" writes Josie Bode. "The author also cited new findings from the American Academy for Pediatrics, which characterizes excessive television viewing by children as a healthcare crisis. In his concluding remarks, McCall called on every parent to remove the television sets from their children's bedroom and suggested that media literacy programs be added to traditional school curriculums."

Access the story at the newspaper's Web site.

On October 12, Jeff McCall discussed the issue of cameras in the U.S. Supreme Court on Court TV Morning with Vinnie Politan, which airs on the Sirius satellite network.  Learn more in this article.

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