[PLUG-TALK] Media smut...
Michael C. Robinson
michael at goose.robinson-west.com
Wed Sep 3 14:27:28 PDT 2003
On Wed, 2003-09-03 at 12:57, Russ Johnson wrote:
> Paul Mullen wrote:
> > So turn your TV off. Better yet, get rid of it entirely. Short of having
> > something to view rented videos on, there are few compelling reasons to
> > even have a television cluttering your living room. You'll be amazed at
> > how little you miss it, and how much newfound freetime you have.
I agree, but what about the social issue that free television
has gotten so bad? Naturally, I've found I didn't watch much
television even before I got upset with the current round of
junk and worsening fare. Frankly, the big brother show and
temptation island should be illegal because they are glorifying
the exploitation of people. If the experiment ruins lives, the
producers are all the happier. This is accepted because someone
is funding this a and b those who don't approve aren't making
it stick by convincing enough people to tune out.
If a large enough boycott is achieved Hollywood
will have to stop this reality/exploitation craze.
Would it be possible to get 75% or even %25 of the
television audience that's still watching to turn
it off for a month or more? This would possibly
hurt the current sponsors enough to kill
If you think there are no consequences
to the behaviors demonstrated by many of
these reality programs, you more than anyone
else if your watching them need to turn your
television off. If society as a whole
unwinds, those who turned it off
early but didn't encourage others to do
so as well have missed a critical
It's attitudes that are of the greatest concern
with these shows: their long term affect on
attitudes about sexual morality, proper social
interaction, etc. are not healthy. People
watching shows most often accept them as
entertainment. Evil coming from within, a wise
person will be selective whenever possible about
what comes in from without shaping his/her climate
for making moral decisions.
It would be nice to be able to watch one or two
shows a week and have them be without smut commercials
and the smut shows that's on there now. It's sad if
we are a free media society that not one station can
be trusted anymore to set adequate limits concerning
PAX exists, but it is way too boring in my opinion.
So far, technologies that would modify shows are not
only limited in their ability to improve entertainment
value, they are rejected by numerous producers on
grounds that their "art" must be preserved. I hope
there's enough left in us Americans that we'll avoid
complete deterioration from within.
If terrorists are a lesser dangerous to us than our
own activities, we should be ashamed enough to change
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