> > Before I go completely off the deep end, I'll just say that it's
> > better for me as an individual to personally censor what I watch than
> > for the government to censor it.
> Strictly on the "censor" comment: Note that,
> while I never said the word censor in my prior
> posts, we already have censoring.
I know you didn't, but it's a logical extension of the thought. First
let me say that I completely agree with you that the networks should
have NOT shown the killer's video and they should NOT have even played
audio-only excerpts. I'm not sure I have words that adequately
express my disgust that they would want to make money off a killer.
> Nobody seems to mind that the feds
> censor porn from the broadcast networks.
Believe it or not, they don't. There's nobody at the FCC with
approve/deny authority over what gets shown on the air. Any censoring
is essentially self-policing by the networks themselves. Look at the
Janet Jackson Superbowl incident for proof.
> And, is not the glorification of a wacked-out
> killer worthy of also being censored? Not the
> news of him, but the glorification, which is
> exactly what the networks did for him.
I agree that the networks went way, way over the line. In my oddly
tinged world, I'd prefer the audience to stand in outrage rather than
let some external government body quash things like this. It would be
very interesting to know how many people have written to NBC to
describe their outrage.
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> Will the video shown on the networks
> be the tipping point for someone to
> take their anger to the next level?
I don't know. History is replete with Hatfield-McCoy incidents of
vengeance and retribution. It's been going on as long as there have
been people. Does TV make it worse?
> Is it politically incorrect to ask that we
> ask the government to censor for
> society's sake?
No, that's the standard model. It's politically incorrect to stand
against censoring something that's this hideous and to propose that
the market have its say.
> Since we can't rely on the MSM to use
> common decency, what are our options
> to protect ourselves from those who
> are emboldened to carry
> out these senseless attacks?
Money. Find out what advertisers were on during that night's news and
boycott them mercilessly. Write a letter a day to NBC and explain
that you're boycotting them and their advertisers. Write a letter a
day to their advertisers, explaining that they'd better get NBC to be
more reasonable about what they put on the news or they will lose lots
of money. Have your friends do the same. Have your church and
bowling league, your Mensa local and your union local do the same.
Squeeze them exactly where it hurts. Don't complain to me: I already
agree with you -- make a huge stink with the advertisers. Remember
that Imus was perfectly safe in his job until the advertisers pulled
out. And while you're writing letters, have a go at the FCC, under
their rarely enforced profanity regulations
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/obscene.html Rememebr, it isn't
the individual word, it's the context that counts, which works in our
favour. Encourage the FCC to whack NBC with a fine for appealing to
prurient interest and masquerading it as news.
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