By David Marc Fischer
Updated October 20, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Tuning in Trouble: Talk TV's Destructive Impact On Mental Health

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Tuning in Trouble: Talk TV’s Destructive Impact On Mental Health

Jeanne Albronda Heaton and Nona Leigh Wilson (Jossey-Bass, $22) For anyone who thinks that televised images of sex and violence may be taking too much blame for society’s ills, Tuning in Trouble offers another set of boob-tube scapegoats: Phil, Oprah, Sally Jessy, Geraldo, Ricki, Montel, and the rest of their talk-show ilk. Mental-health experts Heaton and Wilson contend that talk-TV programs ”contribute to and even create more problems than they solve,” yet fail to support their assertion with persuasive data. Relying instead on scattered testimony and a smattering of convenient examples (such as Jonathan Schmitz’s fatal shooting of Scott Amedure days after a taping of Jenny Jones), the authors wind up emulating the same format they decry. Accordingly, their concluding suggestions for reducing talk TV’s toxicity have the same credibility as the ”expert advice” typically offered as talk-show credits start to roll. C

Tuning in Trouble: Talk TV's Destructive Impact On Mental Health

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  • Book
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  • Jeanne Albronda Heaton
  • Nona Leigh Wilson

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