Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Speaking of TV...

The Parents Television Council has come up with its Headlines and Highlights: Top Ten Best and Worst Shows for family viewing on prime time broadcast television.

As I'm sure you all know by now, I like TV. And as for who is watching what on TV -- that's up to you and your TV. And if you're a kid, you, your TV, and your parent.

But one thing I've learned in talking with people about books, TV shows, and movies -- it's very, very subjective, how people look at story. What bothers one person very much doesn't register for another.

I can't help thinking, as I read this list, seriously -- who is going to be watching CSI with their five year old? Did someone really need this list to let them know this isn't for little kids?

And as for the "best" list: I watch 7th Heaven. And given the recent storylines, including Mary's abandonment of her family, Ruthie's oversexed look and obsession with boys, and the latest who's the daddy pregnancy story -- I'm very surprised that it made the list. Similar topics have been handled much better and more responsibly on Degrassi.

Maybe we're watching different shows?

And that's the thing. As parents, as consumers -- be aware of what is out there. Make up your own minds about what is right for you and your family for viewing. You have your opinion, I have mine. That's cool. Just be careful about someone else doing the thinking for you.


  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger Dan said…

    Hi. I can't understand why Extreme Makeover made the top of the list. Why encourage cosmetic changes?

    And Seventh Heaven is becoming a soap opera.

  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger waltc said…

    Have to admit that, by the time I got to the list, I didn't care: The wording above told me all I wanted to know about this group. We watch two of the "worst" shows and none of the "best," and somehow the filth and degeneracy is escaping us...guess I have to watch more closely.

  • At 8:04 PM, Blogger Sarah Mae said…

    Actually it is Extreme Makeover: Home Edition wher they redo homes of needy families.

    And where was Gilmore Girls? That's a decent family show and it isn't any worse than Reba.


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