• Editorial Why Conan O Brian Is
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    Ask kids today what late night show they watch, and the answer will invariably be Conan O' Brian. There is an extensive amount of proof that shows more young viewers are tuning in to 'Late Night'; , than the 'Tonight Show'; , with Jay Leno. For one, Conan is considerably funnier than Leno. The original jokes written by Conan give his monologue the edge over Leno's obvious cracks about celebrity foibles. Also, O' Brian does an enormous amount of original skits that give the show a much-needed br...
  • Talk Shows Show Television Hosts
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    TALK SHOWS The television talk show is, on the face of it, a rather strange institution. We pay people to talk for us. Like the soap opera, the talk show is an invention of twentieth century broadcasting. It takes a very old form of communication, conversation, and transforms it into a low cost but highly popular form of information and entertainment through the institutions, practices and technologies of television. The talk show did not originate over night, at one time, or in one place. It d...
  • Six Hours Of Television
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    Six Hours of Television In looking at modern television programming there are hundreds of shows to choose from. Picking six hours of television to analyze from the prospective of an anthropologist is by no means easy. It is easy however, to talk about what our nation looks like to others who have never been here. Everyone is gorgeous, lives happily, and overcomes all problems, but more on that later. Four hours of the programming I chose is perhaps the most popular programming this year, consis...
  • Johnny Carson Tonight Show
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    Johnny Carson was born on October 23, 1925, in Corning, Iowa. He was raised in Norfolk, Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska. The actor / comedian was the host of NBC's Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992 and, though he inherited the hosting duties of the program from Jack Parr, defined the show and became the icon for late night television. For those thirty years, Johnny Carson was arguably the most popular entertainer in the country and America's most identifiable celebrity on televisio...
  • Methamphetamine Built For Speed
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    Methamphetamine: Built for Speed? Methamphetamine has reclaimed a place in the lexicon of 'party' drugs. Hailed by nocturnal adventurers, condemned by raver idealists, is speed a sleepless dream or an addictive nightmare? by Brian Otto Here at the end of the millennium, the pace of modern life seems fleeting -- awhirl of minutes, hours and days. In dealing with the changes, humans have equipped themselves with the tools to move faster, more efficiently. At the same time a dependence for the mark...
  • American Landscapes Edward Hopper
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    Edward Hopper painted American landscapes and cityscape's with a disturbing truth, expressing the world around him as a chilling, alienating, and often vacuous place. Everybody in a Hopper picture appears terribly alone. Hopper soon gained a widespread reputation as the artist who gave visual form to the loneliness and boredom of life in the big city. This was something new in art, perhaps an expression of the sense of human hopelessness that characterized the Great Depression of the 1930 s. By ...