Future of TV, Marriage More Difficult, Screen Time Limits

The Matt Townsend Show - Season 1, Episode 1263

  • Aug 8, 2017 4:00 pm
  • 2:22:54 mins

Future of Cable TV (16:41) Amanda Lotz is a professor of media studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of the soon to be released We Now Disrupt this Broadcast: How Cable Transformed Television and the Internet Revolutionized It All. Her research focuses on U.S. television, specifically the industrial shifts since the end of the network era and on representations of gender on television and in the media. Early this Spring, ESPN announced that they were laying off more people.  Over the past two years, ESPN has lost around 7 million subscribers. Cable subscriptions, in general, have been on the decline since companies such as Sling, Netflix, and Hulu has taken over the entertainment industry.  But does the downfall of ESPN show a stronger trend in the decline of cable television?  Amanda Lotz explains where she thinks the TV industry is headed in the future.  Marriage Is Harder in 2017 (and What You Can Do About It) (1:05:53) Jordan Johnson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). For the past 8 years, Jordan has been helping individuals, couples, and families overcome issues that get in the way of living a productive and fulfilled life. It's no secret that marriage looks a lot different today than it has in years past. Change is inevitable, and as time progresses each new generation of married couples has a fresh set of distinct challenges and problems to navigate. With the increasing societal acceptance of cohabitation, out of wedlock births and single parenting, the institution of marriage has become less important in society’s eyes. Jordan Johnson on how to deal with the difficulties of marriage in 2017. Screen Time is about more than setting limits (1:54:29) Nathan Fisk is an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at the University of South Florida College of Education, and the Community and Outreach Liaison for the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. A lot of parents are concerned about how much “screen time” their children get and they would like to know how much is too much. In 2015 the average teenager spent 391 minutes, that’s well over 6 hours, in front of a screen per day! Nathan Fisk, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Education at the University of South Florida, has found that if you already care enough to be worried about digital media, you’re probably already “doing enough” to protect your kids. He is with us this morning to explain how screen time is more than just setting limits.