I wrote an essay this morning in English class about censorship. It was an argumentative essay and I took the stance that the government should stay out of what we watch on television or what we listen to on the radio.
What's more offensive: images of death, destruction and war .. or a quick flash of Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl?
What's more offensive: seeing Nick Berg decapitated on national television during prime time viewing hours, or hearing Howard Stern utter one of the Seven Dirty Words on his radio show, which was known for years as being filled with sleazy talk?
What's *really* more shocking?
What's easier to explain to a child: why we are killing people in other countries, or why Janet Jackson has a naked body under her outfit .. just as we all do?
We have the power to turn the channel if we don't like what we are watching. We have the power not to sit down to watch at all. But when the government dictates what they believe is offensive and what is not, that is where the unfairness starts.
While researching, I found a website called TV Watch. Who really knows if petitions such as this do any good? Perhaps they do.
If you want to make your voice heard over the people who think it's ok for the government to control what we watch or listen to, go here: TelevisionWatch.org.
"I disagree with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it." ~Voltaire