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Given the subject matter, I should have been more attuned to the precise words I used here.  What I was trying to get at was that this program may well be more interested in raising consciousness of the underlying issue of trafficking as opposed to many other TV movies and miniseries, such as a disease-of-the-week show, which isn't really about the disease at all, but rather a vehicle for the featured star.

When I used the word "exploitation" here, I meant only that broadcasters often try to sensationalize their subject matter in order to juice their ratings, without any real regard for the subject itself.  I hope this clears it up instead of muddying the waters further.

An example of poor use of the subject would be the upcoming CBS miniseries, "Category 7: The End of the World", which I seriously doubt hopes to raise concerns about global warming.  ("As the disastrous storm gathers even more strength and begins to ravage the rest of the world, a television evangelist, preying on the fears of a storm battered nation, begins to broadcast alarming warnings of epic biblical plagues. As his predictions begin to come true, the deadly storm continues to wreak havoc worldwide, culminating over Washington, D.C.")

by The Maven on Mon Oct 24th, 2005 at 08:40:47 PM EST
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