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If media is portrayed as bad and a waste of time in Tuesdays with Morrie, why did Morrie decide to participate in Koppel TV show?

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On the ninth Tuesday, Morrie discusses his rationale for agreeing to an interview with Ted Koppel. He is fully aware that the show is using him for "a little drama"; after all, the poignant thoughts of a dying man are sure to captivate viewers. Yet Morrie asserts that he is...

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On the ninth Tuesday, Morrie discusses his rationale for agreeing to an interview with Ted Koppel. He is fully aware that the show is using him for "a little drama"; after all, the poignant thoughts of a dying man are sure to captivate viewers. Yet Morrie asserts that he is "using them" as well:

They help me get my message to millions of people. I couldn't do that without them, right?

At the time of the interview, Koppel was the host of Nightline, which was well-known and respected for its poignant and high-quality interviews. As it turned out, Morrie's interview provided enough material for a three-part series.

Thus, Morrie Schwartz, who was well-known in his small Massachusetts community, was able to share his messages about living and dying with millions of people. Morrie delivered his message with authenticity, not swayed by the celebrity of Koppel. In fact, when asked, he admits to Koppel that he has only watched his program twice and that Koppel came across as a "narcissist." This sense of honesty was the foundation of the truths Morrie then shared with Koppel and the world.

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