How many of us are actually paying attention to what we watch on television these days? I mean, really, are you very meticulous about what is allowed to be viewed in your home? What types of programming do you find entertaining and/or appropriate for all ages? Think about that for a moment.
Yesterday, I picked up a story regarding the decency rules implemented on network TV as opposed to what’s appropriate on cable television programming. The topic came up because I have been in the midst of a very random experiment of living day-to-day without using a television. Impossible it seems? Right, I know, but it’s actually been a great deal easier than anticipated. W
ith the news and headlines being so depressing and so negative lately, I decided to take a break and experience devoting myself to other media outlets or cutting them all off completely. For the last 2-3 weeks, it’s worked and I’ve been quite successful at it. Then came along this story.
The whole premise behind the issue that started my television sabbatical is in the heart of a federal appeals court’s decision to strike down against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week and update its latest standards on profanity, obscenity and indecency. With notices of reported “fleeting expletives” on our local and national radio stations and even on television, it looks like the First Amendment is being violated and abused since vague policies were adopted in 2004. That same policy reportedly could inhibit free speech as well.
Now to all of you viewers who recall the debauchery and disastrous element of Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl breast-baring wardrobe malfunction (I still think it was purely an accident, to be honest) that started all of this discussion, you might be wondering what’s going to happen from here.
Cable television continues to push the envelope further into obscenity while parents are worrying more about their children’s navigation methods on the internet rather than being exposed to curse words on network TV. But does it make a difference? Obscenity restrictions on network TV and cable need to be taken to heart because it’s obviously affecting us all, but who’s most responsible – the FCC, the television content providers or the parents who allow their children to view and are “entertained” by the very programming in question? You tell us.
For more details on the story, visit NYTimes.com today. Let us know how you feel and how you believe this will all impact how much television you and your family will be watching together. Rate this story with a thumbs up or a thumbs down or simply login and post your thoughts in the comments section below.
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