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" Oprah's aspiration to inspire her audience with hope - elaborated on her TV show, in her magazine, and on her website - is hardly ignoble. "
" It became inevitable that television would address life's mundane problems because television itself is so mundane, part of the ordinary flow of time the way those problems are. "
" 'Hotel Rwanda' is an American product, not a Rwandan one, made primarily for American audiences. "
" In urban America, you do not so much meet a romantic partner as inherit the product of someone else's romantic crimes. "
" Every man is a hero to his alias. "
" I love the idea of the amateur - that's what popular culture is all about. But what the Internet's doing is professionalizing everyone's amateuristic impulses. "
" In 1986, human nature in America started to change. That year, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show,' based in Chicago, became nationally syndicated, and the country entered the beginning stages of a quiet cultural revolution. "
" Television has to reflect back to you your own sense of security. It also has to mirror your sense of your own decency and your own limitations. "
" I am too childlike to be immature. "
" The Web critic relies on his or her readers for attentiveness and approval. "
" Every 'Oprah Winfrey Show' has about it the aura of Oprah's own life, just as the rituals and sacraments of a religion are suffused with the life of the religion's founder. Above the testimony of Oprah's guests hovers what viewers know about Oprah's experience. "
" Instead of books, art, theatre, and music being consigned to specialized niches, we might have a criticism that better reflects the eclecticism of our time, a criticism that takes in various arts all at once. "
" The sitcom's traditional role has been to comfort the viewer who feels burdened by the unreality of American expectations. "
" A single week of Oprah takes you from bondage to all the violent terrors of life, to escape through vicarious encounters with celebrity, to visions of charity and hope, to hard resolve, to redemption and moral renovation. "
" I have a confession to make. For years, I earned a living - or a sort of living - writing negative book reviews. "
" I love the Internet; I'm on it all the time. "
" Anonymity is a universal convention of the blogosphere, and the wicked expedience is that you can speak without consequences. "
" Everyone seems to be fleeing from the responsibilities that come from being who you are. I think that is why the blogosphere is thriving. It allows people to develop a fantasy self. "
" The terrorist threat is so cloudy, faceless, and vague, so manipulable by political purposes, so definitely present but indefinitely manifested, that it sometimes feels interchangeable with everyday dread itself. "
" I react very badly when mediocrity throws a tantrum of entitlement. "