Entertainment—What are we drawn to?

Quiet, timeless, sweet, gentle. These were some of the words used by fellow performers in a special television program to describe the humor and nature of comedy legend Jack Benny. Tastes in comedy, of course, are highly individual. But it's always reassuring to hear such qualities associated with someone in the limelight.

Entertainers and other artists often express admirable qualities through their work. We've all been enriched by others' talents and pure creativity. But there's a lot in the entertainment world that's simply not admirable. While entertainment is just that—entertainment—and we appreciate the ways it gives us a lift, the subject raises profound issues. Certainly the images it presents and the values that color it can have a significant impact on people's lives, even if its influence is not always recognized.

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