Friday, May 11, 2007

TV Viewership Down

A couple of days ago there was an article in the Poughkeepsie Journal stating that fewer people are watching network television. The article went on to say how network executives are trying to figure out why. Isn’t the answer obvious?

There’s nothing worth watching on network TV. Some parents are trying to shield their children from what passes today for family entertainment. Some people are offended by the continuous put downs of traditional family values and faith, and the glorification of promiscuous lifestyles. The popularity of such shows as “American Idol” shows how desperate the public is for entertainment that doesn’t offend.

The media elites today sneer at the programming of the “Golden Age of TV” as being na├»ve, unrealistic, and boring. However, they don’t call it the “Golden Age” for nothing. Those programs portrayed decent values, good family relationships, and were actually entertaining. If you wonder why society has deteriorated so much, just look at what you children and youth are exposed to on network TV. It isn’t a pretty picture.

The media and their apologists say that what children see on TV really doesn’t really affect them. I disagree. If what we see on TV has no affect, then why do those same media executives spend billions of dollars on advertising? Again, all you have to do is look at the direction society is going to realize what affect the sex, violence, and other negative things have on our children and youth.

If more people and their children stop watching the garbage on TV, maybe the media elites will finally get the message.

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