History is important.
I may not have been alive in 1967 but you can learn a lot about how people evolved from watching these things.
I like the guy at the end.
Don't be so smug as to think this can't happen again.
I just did a project on this for a class - on how news media influenced people's perceptions and opinions.
In the art of rhetoric, Wallace had "situated ethos" - the audience believed him because of the position he held.
Same with Tom Brokaw in the early 80s. The sense that gays were to blame for AIDS riddles this piece (and many others).
You not only learn about how people thought and felt back then, you can also begin to understand the faulty reasoning behind the beliefs that many (most) homophobes hold today. Many people still think that what was disseminated in this video (I watched the entire video in a class) is the truth and scientific fact. Unfortunately, this piece demonstrated a lot of poor reasoning and false equivalencies. Too bad that so many people still believe much of what was said to be true.
Mike Wallace has always been a creep.
The Dr Socarides in the video. Wasn't he a well-known kook who has been disavowed by his own son?
[quote]Don't be so smug as to think this can't happen again
I think the word you were looking for was "sane".
saw before you guys!!!
Droll that after Gore Vidal gave his effortlessly articulate view from 1967, the grave summarising voice returned to the nineteenth century. As though Vidal hadn't spoken.
Still though the film gave GV the last on-camera segment. It's as if the director had an archaic story assigned, and was determined not to be seen entirely as a reactionary hack.
As I watch this, with its images of people puffing away, it occurs to me that, almost a half-century later, today's psychiatric community might regard smoking as evidence of mental illness.