Decency is getting harder to find

Published 7:11 pm Thursday, November 13, 2008

I disagree with censorship on the following basis: I usually want to see movies and listen to music recordings the way they are intended to be seen and heard, rather than edited or filtered.

Of course, if we choose entertainment that is fitting, then it usually won’t have to be edited for content. I emphasize the “usually” because there are some movies that are made more credible by profanity, such as war films (you probably wouldn’t say “golly gee wiz” if you were getting shot at).

I realize this subject is nothing new. Most of our values were thrown out the window before I took my first breath, but a lot has changed in my lifetime. I will upgrade that sentence to say that a lot has changed in the last five years.

I constantly complain about how bad most popular music and movies are these days. I complain because most of them rely on cheap humor that is inappropriate for not only kids but also adults.

Doing things just for the mere shock value is getting old because there is no shock anymore. It’s like drinking a flat soda. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

You realize just how bad things are when you guess at a Web address instead of Googling it, and pornography pops up. This can lead to some very embarrassing situations, as it has for several people I know.

If you get cable or satellite TV, you know what I’m talking about. Nudity has made its way onto daytime television, and if you have kids, this should be a concern.

You might say, “If you don’t like it, turn it off!” Well, I agree, but it’s getting worse. If I used my parental block feature to block every channel that was inappropriate for kids, there wouldn’t be many channels left.

My point is we should take a stand. We can’t control everything kids are exposed to, but we could do more than we are doing. Even if it means pulling the plug.