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From the Ted Talk by Lauren Zalaznick: The conscience of television

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

Take a look at this. This _____ is going to document a very similar trend. But in this case, we have comfort — the bubble in red — social __________ and irreverence in blue and green. Now this time on TV you have "Bonanza," don't ______, you have "Gunsmoke," you have "Andy Griffith," you have domestic _____ all about _______. This is rising. Comfort stays whole. Irreverence starts to rise. ______ commentary is all of a sudden spiking up. You get to 1969, and look what happens. You have comfort, ___________, and social commentary, not only battling it out in our society, but you literally have two establishment shows — "Gunsmoke" and "Gomer Pyle" — in 1969 are the number-two- and number-three-rated television shows. What's number one? The socially irreverent hippie show, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." They're all living together, right. Viewers had responded dramatically.

Solution

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  3. social
  4. comfort
  5. forget
  6. commentary
  7. irreverence

Original Text

Take a look at this. This chart is going to document a very similar trend. But in this case, we have comfort — the bubble in red — social commentary and irreverence in blue and green. Now this time on TV you have "Bonanza," don't forget, you have "Gunsmoke," you have "Andy Griffith," you have domestic shows all about comfort. This is rising. Comfort stays whole. Irreverence starts to rise. Social commentary is all of a sudden spiking up. You get to 1969, and look what happens. You have comfort, irreverence, and social commentary, not only battling it out in our society, but you literally have two establishment shows — "Gunsmoke" and "Gomer Pyle" — in 1969 are the number-two- and number-three-rated television shows. What's number one? The socially irreverent hippie show, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In." They're all living together, right. Viewers had responded dramatically.

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