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Members of Norway's Parliament Ask Christian Media Expert for Help

Friday, 13 February 2004 12:00 AM

Dr. Baehr lectured in the Parliament for two hours at the conference entitled "Paradigm Shifts in Film and Telecommunications." He spoke about the advances his ministry has made in the entertainment industry in the last 20 years.

About 80 politicians, government officials, media leaders, corporate representatives, and scientists attended the conference.

Dr. Baehr explained to them the successful approach that his commission has taken in trying to transform the values that Hollywood’s opinion leaders use to produce the entertainment products which they transmit all over the world.

For example, by encouraging industry leaders to make more family-friendly movies, Dr. Baehr’s ministry has been able to increase the number of family films released each year by more than 500 percent since 1985, from six per year to about 40.

Dr. Ted Baehr showed film clips and charts which confirm that Hollywood is in the midst of change.

The conferees warmly received Dr. Baehr’s thoughts and complained that the theaters in Norway pick up the worst movies for showing – not the family movies that Dr. Baehr discussed. Dr. Baehr explained that good movies rely on dialogue, which is often more expensive to lip sync, whereas action movies with lots of sex and violence but little dialogue require very little lip syncing.

The conferees wanted to know if movies and entertainment from Hollywood had made Muslims hate the West, especially America (one of the attendees was a Muslim ambassador from Africa).

Dr. Baehr noted that a study last year from Boston University showed that the entertainment industry had influenced people throughout the world to have negative and hateful feelings about America and Americans. The study found that many people outside of the U.S. saw Americans as violent, immoral, arrogant, and criminal, not because they knew any Americans but because of what they saw on TV and in movies.

Dr. Baehr urged the conferees to help his ministry spread the word about becoming media-wise, so that, together, they can change Hollywood for the better and for the benefit of future generations, their children and grandchildren.

He noted that most of the top movies at the box office outside of North America were American, English language movies produced by Hollywood studios.

On the first day of the conference, the Norwegian Parliament passed a new law allowing digital television. The new law will increase the number of TV channels available to Norwegians from one to about 18.

That afternoon, Dr. Baehr went to a TV network (TV Visjon Norge) that reaches 38 countries in Europe to record a one-hour television program about the mass media of entertainment and media wisdom.

Dr. Ted Baehr is the founder of the Christian Film & Television Commission and an award-winning producer, writer, director, radio personality and scholar. His latest book is "The Media-Wise Family." He is also co-author with Dr. Snyder of "Frodo and Harry: Understanding Visual Media and Its Impact on Our Lives."

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