On May 19, Marwan M. Kraidy, Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication and The Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics & Culture, was interviewed on BBC World Service’s “The Why Factor” about the influence of television in our daily lives and the value of taking entertainment programs seriously.
“To characterize television in general, or reality television in particular, as an opiate of the masses, if by opiate we mean something that makes people lethargic, makes people indifferent to other issues, then it is a very unfortunate metaphor,” he said.
Listen to the full interview here.
Photo: A wall of 750 television screens at an exhibition celebrating 50 years of television broadcasting, in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.