This really shouldn't bother me, but it does.
In Akron, the home town of Ernest Angley, there's a TV station
(WBNX - channel 55) that specializes in "family" programming:
generally, the sort of shows that don't much offend anyone, like
"Matlock" or "Hunter". But, to keep the shows good and "moral",
they blank out the following words (and probably lots more): "God",
"damn", "Hell", "Lord", "Jesus", and even "swear". Which would
ALMOST make sense, from a "let's keep our children in a sanitized
environment so they never encounter corruption" point of view, except
that the shows retain their violence quotient.
Think about it: every episode of "Matlock" features at least one
murder (oh, but don't worry, they always make sure you realize that
the victim "had it coming"). The murder is always off-camera, and
the corpses are always clean enough and presentable enough to bring
to a dinner party (just like in real life -- sh'yeah right!). And
you never ever get the feeling that a true horror has been depicted;
you'd get more emotional impact out of a Grand Theft Auto case.
And I won't even get into "Murder, She Wrote", except that Angela
Lansbury might as well be the Angel of Death for all the murders that
surround her. Also, she looks like a Teddy Ruxpin.
Anyway, the point of this is: is this the kind of child all those
"Good Christians" want to be bringing up? The kind who won't cuss
but also don't really care when innocent people are killed, because
"they probably deserved it anyway"? "Bob" damn it, when ya actually
sit back and think about some of this stuff, it boggles the mind.
And this thought occurs to me: it's not violence on TV that desensitizes
children; it's the sanitized, "safe-to-watch" violence that warps
viewers. Now if they had more violent deaths, with bits o' body parts
flying around like in a Cuisinart, we might be getting somewhere.
"Folks, it's simple. When a problem comes along, you must whip it."
- Ross Perot.
Subject: Re: WBNX in Akron, Ohio
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (NENSLO)
: Anyway, the point of this is: is this the kind of child all those
: "Good Christians" want to be bringing up? The kind who won't cuss
: but also don't really care when innocent people are killed, because
: "they probably deserved it anyway"? "Bob" damn it, when ya actually
: sit back and think about some of this stuff, it boggles the mind.
Yes, the mind doth truly boggle but horribly true it is. That's
how they can raise up people who will not flinch when handed irrational
non-sequiturs and who will not cringe, as I do, when they hear a radio
preacher, as I did, say that "Thou shalt not kill" has been, and I f**king
quote,"WOEFULLY MISINTERPRETED" to mean that you shouldn't kill anybody.
That's how they can recruit freshfaced young jarheads of all ethnic
persuasions to "go kick (enter current villain)'s ass" and blow up women
and children to protect the interests of any given major industry, but
not mind when horrible massacres are committed which do not imperil our
nation's "economic base", which is a code term for "the pastimes of the
That IS the conspiracy system of training and control to produce
anti-intellectual insensitive organic soldier/robots. And they make it
look so good that some UNGODLY STUPID females are actually STRENUOUSLY
VYING for the opportunity to GO INTO COMBAT next time the United Fruit
Company needs to stomp some insurgents who are shaking up a friendly
"strongman" or whatever the popular term is for toadying bootlicker of
the Military-Industrial Complex.
OOPS! Oh, I just woke up! What was that crazy stuff I just
wrote! Oh, it's just some fantasy novel I was reading, some oddball book
I ordered from Loompanics or something, none of that is really true. Ha
ha. Just a sick dream. These things don't really happen. Our beloved
government (WE are the government, by the way, did you know that? It's
TRUE.) wouldn't kill people, not even whatever sociocultural group is the
currently accepted "bad guy," just for the sake of PROFIT. No, indeed,
WE, that's US, friends, U.S., only fight warsw when we REALLY REALLY HAVE
TO, and ONLY for HIGHMINDED PRINCIPLES, and we'd never ever touch a dirty
dollar that came from the massacre of dehumanized brownskinned monkeymen
who don't even worship the same god we do, would we? HUH? HUH?
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Thanks for the hot tip.
Robert "Kim" Pugh | DISCLAIMER: Opinions expressed are *strictly*
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