Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Freedom from Free Speech

The Prude is all for freedom of speech. Even distasteful speech.
We know the government is not a model of restraint. If it starts restricting speech in one area, say, naughtiness, there will be one less obstruction to limiting speech in the political, religious and ethical arenas.

Free speech is important. But sometimes The Prude does not want to hear what is being said. A lot of it is naughty in the extreme.
“If you don’t like naughty TV shows or movies or books don’t watch or read them!”
She hears that a lot. She agrees.
But what about naughtiness that slinks into nice places? 

Unless one goes about with blinders and ear plugs it it hard to avoid the slime splotches that stain an ever-growing portion of TV, radio, print and movies.

So she wants to get a new bill passed into law.
The Freedom from Free Speech law.

It will go something like this:

The right of the people to watch a family rated television program without being subjected to adult only commercials that send parents leapfrogging to find the remote shall not be violated.

Congress shall make no law prohibiting the establishment of a modicum of good taste and restraint on late night talk shows.

A well-regulated roadway, being necessary to the transport of a free people, shall not be lined with billboards featuring young men and women who forgot to don clothing.

The right of the people to be secure in harmless internet searches shall not be violated by filth, scum, lewdness and general ickiness that pops up uninvited on the screen.

Excessive bashing of common decency shall not be the norm, nor will cruel and unusual twisting of common sense be tolerated.

What do you think? Does it stand a chance?


Suef said...

Sounds good to me!

ScheltyDebate said...

The family shows vs icky commercials is my biggest complaint of them all, hence we have no commercial television... and yet now I hear from my boys that they do see commercials when they watch college football on the internet. Ugh.

Susan said...

While watching the Packers,we still switch to the woodworking show during commercials, to avoid people "who forgot to don clothing"!

Hope46 said...

It probably doesn't stand a chance, but I wish it did! There is only one tv show we watch as a family (somewhat - Alice and Hannah watch a child-appropriate alternative on my computer), and we mute the commercials, and often have to tell our kids to close their eyes or turn away. Sad.
And the billboards? Aahh!

Lori Lipsky said...

Commercials are the worst. Thankfully, DVR's allow freedom-from-listening to those who practice freedom-of-speech. A value worth considering for television-watching people concerned about about commercial content.

Plus DVR's allow you to fast forward through the 17 minutes of every hour wasted as marketing professionals do their best to persuade you to buy things.