Monday, May 12, 2008

Time to turn off the television

My wife and I have wanted to turn off the boob tube for some time now. We notice a more peaceful and pleasant atmosphere in our home when the television is put on vacation. But unfortunately I am an addict and need my sitcoms like a druggie needs his heroine.

Even as a television junkie I can't help but notice the disgusting and perverted shows that have found their way to prime time. A few examples are Lipstick Jungle and Desperate Housewives, which glorify fornication and adultery to levels that would make station managers just 10 years ago have a stroke.

When I hear of these shows I wonder if the world we live in has become that corrupt. Do we truly see our marriages as play things and see no harm in subjecting them to relationships on the side or total disregard.

I hope not.

In CBS's Summer lineup a new low will be reached. They will be airing the show "Swingtown" which takes a look at the sexual revolution of the 70s. This will include marriages that embrace openness to other sexual partners - referred to as "swingers." I am appalled by this direction and if I ever needed a reason to throw the tv out the window this is it.

But I will continue to watch my sitcoms supporting what I criticize and look down on.


Anonymous said...

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Very well done and in the author’s own voice.
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Jay Mackley said...

I used to be a big TV watcher - 15 years ago! Up until 6 years ago I still watched some news shows, but with the internet I don't even need that anymore. I haven't watched any TV for nearly 7 years. It's too inane. To revolting. Especially the ads. Painful. Intolerable. I love entertainment though. We have a movie theater room with a great selection of DVD's and NetFlix. We choose. No ads. Much better material. It's the best way and it avoids the garbage. Broadcast TV is lame.