I’ve read the thing, and it just didn’t have what I was looking for. The author is a good writer but has yet to be an original thinker. He’s right on all points.
Here are some of the things that I’d like to point out:
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TV changed the way families were raised.
The television was an excellent way for families to spend time together. It was also a way for families to learn about new things, cultures, and foods.
Materialism became more critical.
Materialism was the new cool.
In the 1950s, materialism was all the rage. We wanted shiny and new things, but we also wanted our lives to be lived in a way that made us feel good about ourselves—so we could look good too!
Families in the 1950s were less likely to be divorced.
The 1950s were a time of change for families, with the divorce rate declining sharply and marriage increasing.
Today, about 50% of marriages end in divorce; however, this number has been steadily declining since the 1990s and is at its lowest point since 1980. This decline can be attributed to several factors, including:
Watching TV together was important.
Watching TV together was an essential part of family life. The 1950s were when families gathered around the TV set to spend time together, bond, and learn about the world around them.
Television programs were educational for kids and entertainment for adults who may have missed out on certain aspects of life during wartime. This led to a boom in programming aimed at children, including educational shows like Howdy Doody or Captain Kangaroo (which featured puppets and live-action footage).
Family meal times were still critical.
Even though the 1950s was a significant change, it was still an age when family meal times were critical.
Children enjoyed eating together with their parents and grandparents at home. Eating together was also part of what helped children develop social skills. In addition to eating, many families held parties where everyone would get together either for lunch or dinner so that everyone could get to know each other better!
Kids going out to play should have been taken more seriously.
The 1950s saw a shift in how kids were viewed. Children were encouraged to play outside with friends and family members. They weren’t expected to be quiet and focused on their homework like today; instead, they were encouraged to enjoy themselves by playing games or doing sports together.
The growing popularity of TV shows such as “Father Knows Best” helped spread this idea even further. The show’s first episode (which aired in 1954) showed how children could learn from watching their parents interact with each other: if someone had done something wrong or hurtful. They would apologize immediately after realizing what had happened, no matter what happened during an argument between two people over something silly, like who won at baseball last night!
There was a time when it would be considered very rude to bring up the topic of religion at the dinner table. However, in modern society, this is something that we all do. The upbringing and style of life have changed dramatically in the last 50 years. Many people today are raised without their parents in the home and either grow up without religious teachings or have an atheistic way of living (going to church every Sunday, regardless). For those who have grown up with their parents as a constant influence on their lives, religion still plays an important role and is an integral part of our society.
The products being marketed today emphasize family values more than ever before. Such products include toys for children, household items for women and men, and even clothing for the entire family (such as t-shirts depicting President Obama’s face on them). Religion also plays a huge role in advertising campaigns. For example, televangelists will advertise by saying, “If you’ve got God,” “God’s got your back.” It may not seem like much, but it makes you think about what kind of choices are being made for you instead of making them yourself.
It should also be noted that many celebrities have publicly professed to be atheists/agnostics since 1980, as well as several politicians such as Richard Dawkins (atheist) and Al Gore (agnostic), both Proclaimers to their faith through speeches made at public events over the past few decades.