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Seldes discusses the letters that have written to him in the past two weeks. He seems to have received some criticism about his delivery. He appreciates the communication aspect of the show. He notes, however, that he does not want a "personal rebuttal" show. He discusses his role as a professional critic of television, and the mistake of too-heavily criticizing routine shows. He talks at length about the Ford television show. (Perhaps "The Ford Television Theatre"?)
He discusses how American life in reduced to a very simplistic level on television. Seldes describes the day-time serials treatment of love. Love is strictly for teenagers in television and movies. Television's answer to infidelity is bigamy. Television can't get away with infidelity, but someone can always get amnesia and fall in love with someone else.
He talks about the perception of Americans in Europe due to television, such as the films of Esther Williams.
He closes by talking about advertising.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71537
Municipal archives id: LT3437