Comments: Civil Liberties Hypocrisy

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Growing up i was forced to go to church. Although I disliked it, it help make me what I am today...When my time came to make important decisions, I remembered some of what I was taught, and chose wisely.

Today with a wealth of informational and entertaining choices, what tends to be chosen, is often the choice that will be the most exhilarating. Whenever I try to get my kids to watch C-span, even after I explain dynamics taking place which will have profound consequences for their future, after a polite few minutes, I get: "This is boring....Let's watch "Drake and Josh"...No!... Let's watch Sponge-Bob?"

Sometimes, just as I had to sit down in a pew for an hour, I feel that our youth need to sit down and watch a boring documentary on Government.

Instead of clicking through a wide selection to find one option that is the most entertaining, they need to find most of their entertainment, in the one option they have available.

It seems ironical that when there was only one television station and one newspaper, youth were far more informed about the world around them, then today with Internet, cable, instant access through cell phone technology.

Perhaps they had less depth, but they had a wider base.

This has little to do with the Fairness doctrine. But as we split further and further apart,Tower of Babel style, we communicate less and less.

With such changes so fast, I wonder where we will all be twenty years from now, as the next generation comes of age.......

Posted by kavips at July 26, 2007 05:54 AM

You can erase this after you read it, but your secular server would not let be publish the words "listening to a preacher". Questionable content? Most intriguing..

Posted by kavips at July 26, 2007 06:00 AM

It's Movable Type's Blacklist that gets all gimpy when it's bombarded with spam.

Posted by Hube at July 26, 2007 10:00 AM

Kavips, we always severely limited the amount of TV "entertainment" our kids could watch, including through their teen ages. Instead, they were both readers, and we got them involved in a variety of activities. Now as adults, they remain involved in their communities, and have similar guidelines for their young children. We are very proud of our daughters, great mothers, thinkers and community/school advocates.

A suggestion: Instead of C-SPAN, in general I recommend the Jim Lehrer News Hour, or on radio the Diane Rehm show, which can be podcast or heard by streaming audio on demand. Both, as you probably know, provide in depth coverage of the important issues of the day, with commentary from all sides of the issues.

Posted by Perry Hood at July 27, 2007 10:27 AM