Friday, October 30, 2009


I do not usually comment on television programming, since The Dove Foundation’s focus is movies and DVDs. However, once in a while someone points out a critical issue that impacts media-watching families everywhere.

Such an issue was recently reported by our friends at the Parents Television Council. PTC’s newest report, Women in Peril: A Look at TV’s Disturbing New Storyline Trend, is a stark reminder to those of us who enjoy an occasional crime drama on television. (My favorite is NCIS.)

Until this important study came out, I was not aware of a disturbing pattern; creators of these crime drama shows are writing a disproportionate number of stories, whether intentional or not, that emphasize violence against women…usually young, attractive, vulnerable women. This mixture of violence and sexual images is referred to as “sexploitation.”

According to a PTC spokesperson, “Just last week actresses like Nicole Kidman testified before the Congress that ‘Hollywood probably has contributed to violence against women by portraying them as weak sex objects.’” The PTC rep goes on to say, “We all must pay attention to the fact that this is a problem in our society. The fact is that children are influenced by what they see on TV and that certainly includes media violence.” We only have to look around at all the copycat crimes that are committed almost daily, due in part to electronic news media.

I encourage you to read the report and download the PTC study, Women in Peril. We must always guard against becoming coarsened against violence by over exposing ourselves to those media platforms that focus on violence and sexploitation; whether television, movies, DVDs, videogames or the Internet.

The maxim, “you are what you eat” not only applies to our food selections, but our entertainment choices as well.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

DOVE SPOTLIGHT clips online

In case you missed DOVE SPOTLIGHT during one of its television broadcasts, segments from the show are now posted online at, and, and Feedback is welcome.
Dick Rolfe
(616) 454-5024

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dove Foundation's new TV Show

Greetings reader,

After a lot of planning and praying, we at The Dove Foundation are excited to announce the launch of a terrific Entertainment Review TV show called DOVE SPOTLIGHT. You can find more details at

The show reviews movies, DVDs and video games...all based on our familiar ratings criteria. DOVE SPOTLIGHT will air on several national faith and family networks beginning Friday, Oct 9th, as well as our local ABC affiliate, WOTV and WXSP here in West Michigan. Our total reach is over 45 million households. Did I say, we're excited?

Clips of the show will also be streamed on several websites, including ours.

This is the pilot episode. We plan to have weekly episodes up soon.

I'd love to hear from you after you watch the show or view the online clips. We want to make this informative and entertaining and your input will help.

Dick Rolfe, CEO
The Dove Fountation