Harvest of Shame still had a powerful message after all these years, even if the players and settings have been changed. There’s still a huge discrepancy between our nation’s poor and privileged, a gap that has shrunk and expanded over time but remained a gap nonetheless.
Harvest of Shame made great use of TV, even if it’s methods weren’t all together truthful. They cut corners and showed what they wanted to show; a tactic that persists in television to this day. Edward Murrow and the production crew DID shed light on a problem, that much must be said. Even though not everyone had a television, it’s so much easier to drive a point home with a camera, instead of just a radio mic.
In Tube of Plenty it was said that people would rather give up basic needs in order to keep the radio humming, but TV would soon replace that desire. Being able to see AND hear programs, even bleak and illuminating programs like Harvest of Shame, would soon become the norm.