Re: Anthro on TV a lot

J. Moore (
Mon, 1 May 95 18:00:00 -0500

Kd> Why has Anthropology enjoyed such a surge in coverage on TV lately?
Kd> Examples are _The Human Quest_ and _Vanishing Worlds_. What have
Kd> anthropologists done to arouse interest among the mass media? Whatever
Kd> it is, perhaps if we are aware of it we can continue to do it and raise
Kd> the collective conscience of viewers (or is that too lofty a goal?).
Kd> What do you think?

I think it's on a lot because they've got A&E, various science channels,
a history channel, etc., etc., etc., and they've got a lot of time to
fill. They use the existing backlog of shows, documentaries, and such,
and face it, by TV standards, anthro is cheap.

(Same thing with grants: a real big-money anthro grant might run
$50-100,000, and that same amount wouldn't go far in most other

Jim Moore (

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