• About Christopher Gildemeister

    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    Hollywood’s Hypocrisy on Censorship

    by  • April 12, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    In the wake of horrific massacres like those in Newtown and Aurora, Hollywood continues to claim that what people see in entertainment has no influence on their behavior. (This, in spite of the fact that the entire purpose of showing commercials on television is to influence viewer behavior.)

    In fact, Hollywood is absolutely adamant that...

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    The FCC: Tool of Those It’s Supposed to Regulate?

    by  • April 3, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 0 Comments

    On April 1st, the Federal Communications Commission – the agency charged since 1927 with enforcing the requirement that broadcasters operate “in the public interest” — announced its preference henceforth to ignore the concerns of millions of American citizens, in favor of those of the entertainment cartel.

    Regrettably, this was not an April Fool’s joke.

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    Lifetime: NOT Showing Graphic Murder = “Untold Harm”

    by  • March 28, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    Lifetime: NOT Showing Graphic Murder = “Untold Harm”

    This past Saturday night, March 23rd, the Lifetime basic cable network aired its “Lifetime Original Movie” Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story. The movie graphically detailed Porco’s real-life axe murder of his father in 2004.

    Of course, television “dramatizations” of true crime are nothing new.

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    Scientist Discusses Media Influence and Accountability on Violence

    by  • March 19, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies today heard testimony from Dr. Brad Bushman, Professor of Communications at Ohio State, challenging the “myth that violent media have a trivial effect on aggression.” According to one of Bushman’s studies (which he discussed in Psychology Today), “Why Do People Deny...

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    Worst Cable Show of the Week: Anger Management

    by  • March 7, 2013 • Worst Cable Show of the Week • 1 Comment

    Since its premiere last year, Anger Management has not improved. Existing largely as a excuse to showcase Charlie Sheen after his meltdown and firing from CBS’ Two and a Half Men, the current program – like Sheen’s previous endeavor – alternates between sleazy, sexist exploitation and lowbrow idiocy. Thus, the Thursday, February 28th episode of FX’s Anger Management (9:30 p.m.

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    Worst Show of the Week: The Cleveland Show

    by  • March 6, 2013 • Worst of the Week • 7 Comments

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    One week after exposing adult Hollywood actors to his horrendously racist and sexist “humor” during his performance as host of the 85 th Academy Awards telecast – thereby drawing outraged comments from everyone from feminist bloggers to the Jewish Anti-Defamation League – this past Sunday, Seth MacFarlane was back to his more familiar stomping...

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    Worst Cable Show of the Week: BrandX

    by  • February 21, 2013 • Worst Cable Show of the Week • 0 Comments

    This column has previously exposed the sleazy, talentless train wreck that is “comedian” Russell Brand’s talk show. Sadly but predictably, the program has not improved; if anything, it has gotten worse – which is why the Thursday, February 14th episode of FX’s Brand X with Russell Brand (10:00 p.m. ET) deserves the title of Worst Cable TV...

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