20, 2007 Guest – Rob Owen
The Limits of Celebrity Worship
Rob Owen is television editor-critic at
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
in Pittsburgh, Pa. Previously he worked as a TV-Radio columnist at the
Albany (NY) Times Union
and as a features writer at the
Richmond Times-Dispatch in Richmond,
Virginia, where he helped create "inSync," a section for teen readers.
His articles have also appeared in
NetGuide magazine, and he is president of
the Television Critics Association.
Owen is the author of Gen X TV: The
Brady Bunch to Melrose Place (Syracuse
University Press, March 1997), a nonfiction account of TV programs
members of the Generation X age group grew up watching, the shows they
watch now and the programs that depict their lives.
Owen also believes that as a critic and a Christian he has a
responsibility to let parents know what material they might not want
their children to watch. “I don’t have children, but I always try to
keep families in mind,” he said. “At the same time, I’m sorry to say
that many parents don’t take the responsibility to find out what is
suitable by taking advantage of the ratings, using the V-chip, or by
reading newspapers and magazines to learn more about what is on