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This is a comments thread about Blog Post: Aisle Seat 7-22: Summer Sizzler Edition by Andy Dursin
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   Scott M (Oldsmith)   (Member)

...few people today would have any idea of radio’s pop-culture impact and how ingrained it was in people’s day to day lives…as well as how it connected people – through collective, shared experiences – in a way today’s multi-media onslaught fails to do.

This is lovely and exactly why I miss the smaller selection of channels on television and think wistfully of eras past. There was something about "watching TV together" - as a people - this is missing today because of he thousands of options. We feel more like a fragmented culture than a cohesive group.

Insightfully observed and, to me, kinda sad.

 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Good to see Radio Days--one of Allen's many, many masterpieces--reviewed here. The Blu was #2 on SAE's bestseller list. Nice. Radio Days' reputation as a warm, sentimental, coming-of-age tale is undercut by the film's final scene, which is as wistful as anything one might see. It's proof again that comedy works best when it's interwoven with dramatic weight.

As for Scott's pointed observation about the fragmented culture today, he is of course correct. However, at the same time the death of independent TV stations which once thrived during the '70s and early '80s is another void never to be refilled. Where once there were numerous local affiliates with their own "flavor", based on the vintage films and shows they aired but now those once-independent stations have been bought out by large interests and that individuality is gone as every station has the same late afternoon roster of shows, giving the culture a sameness as well as that fragmented sense because no one watches the same stuff and if they do, they do it in separate rooms.

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