It doesn’t take an expert to convince me that the ultra-violent television programming to which young people are constantly being exposed has a direct correlation to the increasing acts of violence we are witnessing in this country. Hardly a week passes when we don’t hear on the evening news that there has been an act of violence either in a school, in the work place, or in a home, resulting in multiple deaths. After watching the news accounts later that evening, during prime time hours, families are exposed to shows on both broadcast and cable channels where extreme violence is featured. A prime example is the CBS show Dexter which features a serial killer as the main character. The Parents Television Council reported in a recent issue of PTC Insider that Dexter is a graphically-violent, sexually-explicit and profanity-laden program featuring a serial killer as the hero. Dexter was originally aired as a pay-for-view cable program and was for adults only, as I understand it. Now CBS has the program and it is being shown during prime time with no restrictions.
I am convinced that the behavior patterns of young children, who are constantly watching these violent programs where innocent and not-so innocent people are killed in a most violent manner, are affected adversely. Maybe it’s just another coincidence – but the increases in both programming like Dexter and the senseless killings that are occurring in all parts of our country leads me to believe that this is much more than a coincidence. When you see a news report that third grade students in Georgia planned to kill their teacher because one of the students had been disciplined, it is most disturbing. These young children actually had the means of carrying out their plot. This sort of thing should get our attention. I suspect these children got their bizarre plan from some TV show.
The American people had better wake up and get involved with groups that are taking on the FCC and the television industry. Of course, it will take action by politicians to clean up the television industry and that is easier said than done. People putting pressure on the politicians will get their attention. We can’t afford to sit back and do nothing. If you want more information on this subject, go to the web site of the PTC. I would also encourage our readers to join this organization, which has been fighting an uphill battle to keep programs like Dexter off the air. All of us who love our country and want to protect our children and grandchildren must get involved in this fight. Parents can do their part by not only monitoring what their children watch on television, but also by refusing to buy products or services from corporations that sponsor programming like Dexter. The politicians had better wake up and join the battle. It will take more than talk from them – it requires action!
Source: Parent’s Television Council
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