[PLUG-TALK] Media smut...

Michael Luevane mikel at quantecllc.com
Wed Sep 3 10:10:57 PDT 2003

IMO, broadcast TV bites the big one all the way around. Which is why I don't
watch it. If I watch anything, it's Discover, TLC, Tech TV (just for fun),

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> [mailto:plug-talk-admin at lists.pdxlinux.org]On Behalf Of Michael C.
> Robinson
> Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2003 9:55 AM
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> Subject: [PLUG-TALK] Media smut...
> Is it just me or are there no decency standards in even
> broadcast television?  The stuff in just about any movie these
> days is one thing, but the WWF wrestling series and even many
> daytime commercials I'd say go too far.  Is it me or has it
> gotten worse lately?  I'm to the point where I'm afraid to
> watch any television because of how addictive a lot of frankly
> despicable programs are.  Aren't there entrapment statutes
> regarding subliminal messages?
> It's shocking that public decency standards don't extend
> to television.  Should it be permitted to do on network
> television what you can't do on the street?  It used to be
> staying away from smut was mostly an exercise in not
> subscribing to cable or satellite.
> Nowadays, you can easily get flaky watching reality TV during
> the day.  By the time Conan is on, Fox is doing hard core.
> Hopefully, a lot of people would only have to watch fox once
> if at all at the worst time.  Unfortunately they give web sites
> you can make the stupid mistake of looking at.  I don't
> believe in the message Fox is sending with all the night time
> chat with me ads and the party girl series it's running.  If
> you put up with Blind date though, it's easier to watch a
> party girls.  Especially if your spirits are low.  I came
> so close to sites that wanted money for things I can't support
> that I've decided not to watch television at all anymore aside
> from maybe the news and OPB.  Even OPB can't be trusted anymore
> though.
> I think it's gotten to the point where reality TV is a drug that
> can affect anyone, with plenty of shows from the level of slighty
> disturbing to stuff no decent person would ever start with or even
> feel comfortable talking about after, it's getting to be immoral
> to watch TV at all.  It consider myself luck that I can be merely
> embarassed that I've seen some of what's on.  Watching the stuff
> on there if you were dating though could easily cause a disaster.
> Our society says your responsible for your own actions and you are,
> however, I think where television is going these days is flat
> wrong?  You have to make decisions regarding certain activities
> arguably ahead of time.  If you decide to watch Blind date which
> I'd say is pushing it, your less likely to make the right
> decision when a hard core program comes on after.  Blind Date
> made you more vulnerable to hard core, though Elimidate on
> WB32 is far more damaging.  It makes me angry that the networks
> are taking advantage of momentary moral weakness.  It's been a
> long time I'd say since any of us have actually been entertained.
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