Making Soaps

Mano, D. Keith
December 1976
National Review;12/10/1976, Vol. 28 Issue 47, p1355
The article asserts that the popularity of U.S. television soap opera can be attributed to its portrayal of social problems in American society. Take for instance the program "Love of Live," which chronicled a cerebral hematoma, seduction and homosexual rape. This soap opera, like others of its kind, corresponds to hard facts of American life. For instance 30 percent of Americans have been divorced; 20 percent have had an accident or an operation; 25 percent had an affair and 25 percent are addicted or alcoholic.


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