-the problem of specifying culture as political/economic
-the problem of naivety
-the problem of seeing the West as only capitalist
Tomlinson is specifically interested in the European distribution of the television show Dallas. Dallas premiered as a miniseries in 1978 and continued until 1991. The show centered on the Ewing family, an oil and cattle ranching family in Texas. The show was a glorification of materialism that generated Marxist critique.
From "How 'Dallas' Won the Cold War": “I think we were directly or indirectly responsible for the fall of the [Soviet] empire," Hagman told the Associated Press a decade ago. "They would see the wealthy Ewings and say, 'Hey, we don't have all this stuff.' I think it was good old-fashioned greed that got them to question their authority.” In Romania, "Dallas" was the last Western show allowed because President Nicolae Ceausescu was persuaded that it was sufficiently anti-capitalistic.
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