The Electronic Mirror: What Classic TV Tells Us About Who We Were and Who We Are (and Everything In-Between!)

Classic television: married couples in separate beds, families too perfect to be true, stories that avoid “mature” subjects, and bad hairstyles—all in living black-and-white. But can these programs actually teach us something about life today and how it got that way? 

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 a sometimes humorous, occasionally ironic, but always interesting story of how classic television indeed is an “electronic mirror” that explains our past, our present, and everything in-between.

About The Electronic Mirror
David Hofstede of Comfort TV reviews The Electronic Mirror here

The Car

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.

The Collaborator

In a provocative story that reflects today’s headlines, the Catholic Church is at a crossroads, beset by scandal, controversy and shrinking congregations. A wildly popular new Pontiff promises reforms designed to focus 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. This disturbing story takes readers from the backstage politics of the Vatican to the world of dictators and rebels, and is sure to stir controversy on both sides of the debate.

About The Collaborator
In 2016 The Collaborator was reviewed at Gilbert, the magazine of the American Chesterton Society. You can read the review here.

The Collaborator was also reviewed at A Blog For Dallas Area Catholics. That review can be found here.

Here is an interview I did regarding The Collaborator with Dave Palmer at radio station KATH (910 on your radio dial, serving the North Texas area).


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