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This collection of essays looks at TV during its formative years and examines how this most personal form of mass communication reflects the culture of its time, how it has fulfilled (or failed to fulfill) its initial promise, and how TV has—intentionally as well as unintentionally—predicted the future, with sometimes disturbing results. It is the sometimes humorous, occasionally ironic, but always interesting story of how classic television indeed is an “electronic mirror.” 

THE CAR (2018)

It begins with the car. But for Winter, an ordinary man living an ordinary life, it will not end until he learns what has happened to the car’s owner and why the car has been left abandoned and ignored on a city street. As Winter’s curiosity turns to obsession, his search for the missing owner intensifies and he finds the car taking him on a journey that he never expected, one of dreams and reality in which nothing–and no one–is what it seems. Not even him.


In this eerily prescient novel, a wildly popular new Pontiff promises reforms designed to focus the Catholic Church on inclusion, social justice and modernization. He is opposed by the powerful Prefect, a cardinal dedicated to preserving the traditional teaching of the Church, who fears the Pontiff’s plans will destroy the Church. Their inevitable confrontation is brought to a head by a Journalist’s investigation that uncovers a story of ambition, loss, deceit and more. 


About The Electronic Mirror

A review by David Hofstede of Comfort TV. 

Praise for The Electronic Mirror:
"A compelling read. Television can be considered 'the most intimate of all media,' and TV characters and entertainers are like immortal old friends we invite into our homes. They can even influence us if we so choose. Mitchell Hadley tackles the timeless debate: Does life imitate art, or does art imitate life. You won't watch TV the same way again!"  —Carol M. Ford, Author of Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

"Mitchell gets not just the surface appeal of classic television, but the historical and cultural messages it provides about the times in which it was made and the times we live in now. He knows these shows have something to say about the world today, and they could not have asked for a better spokesperson."  —David Hofstede, founder of Comfort TV blog and author of Obsessed With TV

"Mitchell Hadley traverses the small screen landscape with thoughtfulness and humor—and he's not afraid to ask the tough questions either. The Electronic Miror is an engaging and informative reflection on our age-old obsession with how television shapes us."  Amanda Reyes, editor and co-author of Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999

About The Collaborator

A review at Gilbert Magazine, the publication of the American Chesterton Society. 

A review at A Blog For Dallas Area Catholics.

Mitchell is interviewed about The Collaborator at Catholic radio station KATH in Dallas.


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