Decades of watching TV with an analytical eye can make you cynical. I know because it happened to me. This realization was driven home recently when I made a humbling discovery.
For this month's column I'd decided to look into a public service announcement that had attracted my attention -- that 30-second anti-tobacco message featuring a 9-year-old girl named Krystell Laffin. In the ad she tells the viewer, "All my friends say, 'Oh, I want to be like my mom when I grow up,' and I can't say that because, if I said that, they would think I mean I want to start smoking when I'm 10.... Read more