When I was young and of that age when one first becomes conscious of swear words my father told me that their use in conversation showed one’s limited vocabulary.
I agree. Swearing for shock value isn’t just wrong, it’s stupid.
Chances are that your kids’ first few encounters with whatever you define as profanity or indecency will come from someplace other than radio, television or recorded material.
Whether it’s public, private, or parochial school, your kids are going to be exposed to profanity and dirty jokes long before they’re twelve. Some will access adult sites, adult video channels or, perhaps, surreptitiously view a parent’s porn stash.
It’s a fact of life. Deal with it.
That being said, I am a proponent of parents and guardians teaching kids right from wrong. If you can’t teach your own kids how to live in this world – what does that say about you?
Do you really expect the government controls to make this a safer world for your kids? So far, their track record is overwhelmingly dreadful.
If you trust them I’d have a hard time trusting you with your kids.
I’m sick and tired of media getting the blame for all social ills. Media reflects society. When it doesn’t, it fails.
Those that feel The Sopranos, Rescue Me, the Shield, Weeds, Nip/Tuck or NYPD Blue reruns are profane - fine. It’s your opinion. You don’t have to watch it. Turn it off. Don’t want your kids to watch them? Activate your V-chip or cable/satellite controls that restrict certain programs from being viewed by your kids.
It’s that easy. Really.
Just don’t dictate to me what I want to watch or hear. Kapish?
Question: Why is it that those complaining about too much government control are the ones most vocal about obscenity in the media?
Second question: Which way do you want it because you can’t have it both ways?
True, the radio industry left itself wide open for protests brought on by pushing the envelope on grossness instead of creativity.
There’s only one Howard Stern. You’re not going to copy, emulate, or in any way duplicate his show. When other stations learned what Stern was billing, they trotted out dozens of knock offs. The practice was doomed to fail. Stations were frontloaded with marginal air talent trying to out shock-jock Stern.
There is a place for Howard. There’s a place for Opie and Anthony. If that doesn’t happen to be your place – change the station. If Clear Channel is blanketing its active rock stations with shock jocks in all dayparts – change the station. In fact, in their case, most already have.
Moving right along. Have you heard the latest one about Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)? You’d think he’d be satisfied in getting his way with the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 going to effect next week. But Noooooo!
He’s effectively fashioned a base of support with the right-wing Christian coalitions and he’s going to exploit their espousal for all it’s worth.
That’s what GOP Presidential candidates do. Play the Bible card.
Earlier this week he churned out more mush when announcing his ambition to give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the right to enforce profanity on radio and television.
The FCC had cited the Fox Network for well-documented live broadcasts where the f and s-words were uttered. The U.S. Second Court of Appeals stepped in, and in a 2-1 decision, reprimanded the FCC; saying it lacked the authority to do so and that networks can’t be held accountable for incidents that occur on live television broadcasts.
The court did leave an opening for the FCC, allowing it to better define and justify its profanity policy. Given their track record, it’s unlikely they’ll come up with any real elucidation on the subject since their only goal is to be judge and jury and facts get in the way.
Since the Fox incidents, the networks have been running most of their live programming on a few seconds of delay, which allows them to bleep allegedly offensive words. Now, that may change. And it should.
Brownback said he’ll offer two amendments to a general government appropriations bill today. On Tuesday, he stated that he would, “continue support For the FCC to fine broadcasters who air indecent, profane, or obscene content.” He’s also adding a violence clause, which would “fine broadcasters for airing excessive violent content during the hours when children are most likely to be in the audience."
I wonder if he means daily news footage from war in Iraq.
Like most of what comes out of Brownback’s office, his definitions on profanity and violence remain vague. We know what we want we just haven’t figured out how we want it.
The zealots at the Parents Television Council (PTC) released a bulletin to members, urging them to contact legislators to support the profanity ammendment.
The real reason Brownback’s courting the Christian right has everything to do with their fat bankroll. And Sammy wants their largesse.
Brownback should read his own Bible. Specifically, Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” The Christian right are masterful at taking anything and shaping it into the symbol their condition requires. That’s how they got to own Bush to dance to their tune.
Bait and ye shall receive.
Brownback’s already a slave to those insane-eyed religious right wing fomenters, which make the Moonies, the Hari Krishnas, and jam band addicts anodyne by comparison.
It must be said, though, that if Brownback does get his way and President George W. Bush signs it into law, the amendment would invalidate the court’s decision and broadcasting will revert back to its Darkest Age.
If it fails, it’s believed that the FCC, with Bush’s solid backing, is ready to take this to the full appeals court or the Supreme Court.
Other than a waste of time and taxpayer dollars this one’s not going to happen – as long as the broadcast industry gets the support needed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). It’s best to kick the crap out of someone who started the fight with you.
David, where are you? It’s getting hot, hot, hot!