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Old 02-08-2004, 07:41 PM   #46
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And that is what kills me...The news media flashing the flash constantly...made it bigger than it was....no pun intended.

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Old 02-08-2004, 09:22 PM   #47
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Originally posted by nbcrusader
Yes, some kids experience just about every dreadful thing in life you can imagine. But why turn that into fodder for everyday broadcasting?
TV is a reflection of society. Shows and commercials will deal with issues that people experience every day.

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Think of this example. The "N" word is offensive to some people. Some children hear this word as part of their everyday life. Is it then okay to use this word during regular family broadcasting hours? We seem very comfortable censoring some things in life, but when others get funneled into our households, we get a type response.
As I said before, I don't think that word should be censored, whether it's heard on TV or not. First off, again, the context in which words like that are uttered is important to consider before we go around even considering censoring it. "All In The Family" was on during the primetime hour, and there were ample racial slurs used there. But those weren't censored because of the context they were used in.

Second, everybody has the right to say what they want, no matter how harsh it may be. In order to rid this world of hatred, we need to confront these attitudes head on and have people realize how silly, cruel, and ignorant racist, homophobic, and sexist statements sound.

Also, ditto the quote from Angela Harlem.


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Old 02-09-2004, 07:00 AM   #48
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I remember hearing the "n" word on the playground when I was a third-grader. My parents were emphatic that racism was dead wrong, and they told us that. This does need to be confronted early on; that's part of a child's moral training. In my case it was handled as an article of my religious education. My parents were not always in agreement with what our conservative church told us and so they taught us much of our religious training. To me, it's another matter when the issues are a little more complex, like infidelity. I'm not raising kids, so I really don't know, but I would think the child needs to be a bit older to grasp this. My own brother and first sister-in-law divorced when their child was only seven. I have no idea what to do in a situation like this. It's very tough.

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