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View Poll Results: TV
yes 19 70.37%
no 8 29.63%
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  #1  
July 7th, 2006, 02:19 PM
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What do you think? Is there to much violence, sex and swearing on TV? It keeps getting worse and worse and I'm a little worried that it's just going to get to the point where they have porn and R rated things on cable TV! Has anyone been to Europe and watched TV? When I was 9 years old I was in a hotel room in Europe flipping through the channels and I actually saw someone giving a BJ! I was mortified! And just a few years ago they didn't allow much if any swearing and now I'm surprised how much there is!

If you do think there is to much of this going on what are you doing about it to stop it from getting worse?
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July 7th, 2006, 02:40 PM
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I think there is too much of all the above on TV, but it wouldn't bother me so much if it just came on later in the evening on the network channels. Cable can do whatever they want, but I don't like that networks show "adult" shows at 7 or 8 pm. I happen to like shows like CSI and Cold Case, but they come on early in the evening and are definitely NOT FOR KIDS. If only we could just get a couple of hours of family viewing in the evening like there used to be. What happened to Little House on the Prairie, the Waltons, Andy Griffith and other good family shows like that (don't answer--I know they are on TVLand). I wish the networks would do some more family oriented shows for early in the evening.
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July 7th, 2006, 02:45 PM
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I think there is too much of all the above on TV, but it wouldn't bother me so much if it just came on later in the evening on the network channels. Cable can do whatever they want, but I don't like that networks show "adult" shows at 7 or 8 pm. I happen to like shows like CSI and Cold Case, but they come on early in the evening and are definitely NOT FOR KIDS. If only we could just get a couple of hours of family viewing in the evening like there used to be. What happened to Little House on the Prairie, the Waltons, Andy Griffith and other good family shows like that (don't answer--I know they are on TVLand). I wish the networks would do some more family oriented shows for early in the evening.[/b]
Aww I love Little house! I have been watching it while I do my dishes the last couple of days.

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July 7th, 2006, 02:49 PM
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I voted no on all. TVs are optional and you are able to change channels. Their are plenty of nice programs with little to no sex/violence/swearing. If you dont want to see that stuff, than dont watch those shows.If you really dont like it, than dont have a tv, its just that simple. I think its dumb that tv is censored at all, what ever happened to free speech
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July 7th, 2006, 02:56 PM
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Jen I love your thought process about it and I should just agree with you.

My heart knows there is too much of all of the above on tv. That might be the reason I don't much tv at all anymore.
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July 7th, 2006, 03:02 PM
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I am going to vote no.
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July 7th, 2006, 03:26 PM
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I voted yes to all. I don't let my children watch regular TV (aka primetime or adult programming), so they are not the issue. It is that I, myself, would like to watch certain shows (on network TV) without having to have the added gore, or the explicit sex scene or the G-D word thrown out. I think the point would still come across completely and the plotline would still be just as good if I could watch the whole program without doing a quick check to make sure DD hasn't wandered within earshot, KWIM? I expect this type of programming on cable, and I even get a rating system with those shows, so at least I am prepared! When are we going to have a rating system on NBC, CBS, etc??
I think each network and their shows keep pushing the envelope to see how much they can get away with. You can look back just 5 years ago and see how much farther the networks have pushed what the FCC allows.
DH and I have often joked about what it would be like to take a collection of today's programs in a time machine and go back 20-30 years and show people what to expect on TV in the future.....it would probably be quite a shock to realize how desensitized we have become as a society to sex and violence.
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July 7th, 2006, 03:50 PM
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Yes to all three. I didn't think so until we got rid of our TV. I had become desensitized to it. Now I notice it on the occasions I happen to be around a TV that is on.
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July 7th, 2006, 04:42 PM
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Does anyone need me to explain my answer. LOL.....

I voted yes for all three!

But,, I don't mind....since I don't have TV anyway.. heheh.. my poor kids...
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July 7th, 2006, 08:54 PM
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I don't feel so freakish . No TV here either!

But! I still voted that there isn't "too much" because its supply and demand. I took a really interesting course on "sensationalism in the media" which actually went back to the 17/18th centuries and examined journals, essays, and (18th century) popular magazines. It was definitely supply and demand back then, too!! Nothing new under the sun I guess....
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July 7th, 2006, 10:06 PM
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I see the reasoning behind "if you don't like it don't watch it" but the problem is there are shows that I really like, but find myself cringing because of unnecessary filth. I dunno.. It's just a shame. I don't think tv prodcuers should be pushing the envelope so much. I'd like to think that I could leave my child with a remote and not worry about what he's watching, but that isn't so.
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July 8th, 2006, 11:58 AM
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I voted yes to all. I don't watch much TV, but I wouldn't let a child watch half the crap I do. Including the news, which may be the biggest culprit of all. Sorry, but do I really need to see pictures of dead bodies day after day after day?

BUT, I also subscrbe to the 'don't like it don't watch it' philosophy. I plan on limiting MY tv time once the baby gets here and when he gets older there will be other things to occupy him. Heck, I may even get rid of the dang thing altogether.
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July 8th, 2006, 12:38 PM
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We don't have cable and my kids watch mostly PBS and kid's DVD's. I agree with the "if you don't like it, don't watch it" philosophy, but the problem is that it is getting to the point where there aren't many shows that don't have sex, violence or swearing in them. I don't watch nearly as much tv I used to...with 2 boys I spend most of my time playing/chasing them, but what I do watch the storylines are ok, but the violence/swearing/sex just detracts from the story. I mean, do you really need to swear 5 times in one sentence? I think that networks could cut down on this stuff and still produce good shows that get good ratings.
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July 18th, 2006, 09:59 PM
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I agree with the "dont like it dont watch it" BUT sometimes that just isnt possibly. There have been many times my family has been watching a perfectly good wholesome show when a commercial comes on and its a preview for some rated R movie showing nudity and violence. The worst is all the previews for the terrible disgusting horror movies with demons and such. Also my kids are quite the early birds so they usually just get up and watch tv, well the other morning I was up early and was flipping through and saw a infomercial for Girls Gone Wild I was shocked! the were naked and everything kissing on each other. It was censored of course but DUH you could still tell what was going on. I would be horrified if my kids saw that. My thoughts are what is the point of that garbage! I mean seriously, what pleasure do people get out of hearing swear words or people getting murdered? I just dont get it. I have seen so many shows and movies that are so great but they always have to throw in that one sex scene or swear word and it really didnt need to be in there. Its actually quite infuriating.
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July 18th, 2006, 10:15 PM
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I don't think there's too much violence, sex or swearing, I think there's too much stupidity. Lots of times sex, swearing or violence is a part of just totally vapid programming. I don't think kids need to be shielded from everything, but we don't really watch much tv except the news.[/b]
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July 19th, 2006, 03:45 PM
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well the other morning I was up early and was flipping through and saw a infomercial for Girls Gone Wild I was shocked! the were naked and everything kissing on each other. It was censored of course but DUH you could still tell what was going on. I would be horrified if my kids saw that.[/b]
I wouldn't be horrified by kids seeing lesbians kissing each other. I would be more disgusted by the crass juvenile audience that is so starved for titillation that they shell out money to buy those stupid tapes.
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