Hollywood's value system

Regarding the Arts page interview "At Odds With Hollywood Values," Nov. 17: A hearty "hurrah" for Michael Medved, author of the book "Hollywood vs. America." It is interesting that David Denby of the New Republic read Mr. Medved's book to the end, even though he found it stupid. Could it be that he found the truth in it attractive?

Surely no one can be so naive as to accept the weak argument that movies merely reflect rather than influence behavior in today's society. Commercials also influence sales. What better example than the "pet rock" craze that made millionaires of the promoters.

No, I am not for censorship. Let's hit them where it hurts - in the pocketbook. Don't buy tickets to any movie that undermines the moral health of mankind. Both theater managers and movie moguls will get the message. Carolyn Hill, Citrus Heights, Calif.

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