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Visual Ethics by Paul Martin Lester

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I was six years old living with my family in Tulsa, Oklahoma when I was invited on a date with my parents.

I never found out why they took a boy so young to a downtown theater for an evening showing of the classic motion picture Ben-Hur. I must give them credit for the overly optimistic and risky decision to bring me along. I won’t take my kids to a movie until they’re at least 10. But perhaps a babysitter cancelled at the last moment or there was nothing good on TV. Let’s check. In 1959 American television viewers had three options – what was showing on ABC, CBS, or NBC. If my mom and dad had stayed home on Saturday night they could have watched such classics as “Bonanza,” “Leave It To Beaver,” or “The Lawrence Welk Show.” ...

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