06 October 2005

TV: Sentimentality is to women, what pornography is to men

"To this day, the sob story works like this: You find a needy person or family, you tell their story in a way that wrings the emotion out of it, you make sure the protagonists cry on camera, you promote yourselves by helping them, and you provide lots of plugs for the sponsors providing the goods and services. These shows convert pathos into bathos, a strategy to lure a female audience. Sentimentality is to women, what pornography is to men. Just as porn is designed to arouse a physical response in men, so the sob story is designed to create an emotional catharsis for women."
--- Roy Peter Clark, Senior Scholar, Poynter Institute


At 4:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I may be accused of being sentimental but "Extreme Makeover - Home Edition" is one of my favorite programs. At least my sentimentality doesn't lead to pedophelia or violence against women!!


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