Important Issue

I’ll have an opinion piece in The Exponent next week which I think is very important. I just turned it in and wanted to give sort of a preview of it here. I think this is potentially critically important issue that will play a bigger and bigger role in the next few years.

Personally, I am very middle of the road concerning these sorts of subjects. I am honestly against such ideas as homosexuality and moral looseness in general, but try to remain tolerant and open. Also, I think much debate over such instances in entertainment options is just insane. It’s simply entertainment, not real life.

Anyways, here’s a bit of it…

    Three weeks ago, NBC cancelled its new comedy/drama, “The Book of Daniel”, which followed an Episcopal priest and his dysfunctional family. Reviews from professional critics praised the quality of the show, but outcries from parties offended by the subject material said otherwise. On January 6th, The Huntsville Times reported that local affiliate WAFF had received “hundreds” of phone calls and emails from viewers protesting the show. NBC cited low ratings for the demise of the show, but it is highly unlikely that ratings are the only reason. The Huntsville Times reported in the same article that stations in Little Rock, Arkansas as well as Terry Haute, Indiana pulled the show due to content.Similarly, the film “Brokeback Mountain” has caused much controversy. The Oscar contending movie, about a secret relationship between two cowboys over the course of their lives, has only recently begun to screen in Huntsville after having been released since early December. Conversely, the film has been banned in various theaters throughout the country, most notably in Utah, where theater owners and other critics are seemingly making moral choices for everyone.Such is also the case with Florida lawyer Jack Johnson who has recently made headlines by essentially declaring a crusade against video games and those who play them. His extremity in his cause has even led for him to demand in a letter to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer that all copies of certain video games be seized and destroyed. What’s next? Burning copies of Catcher in the Rye or Robison Crusoe?

    Ultimately, these sorts of events beg a certain question. How much prominence does the morals and standards of particular sects of society hold over others? Or phrased otherwise, what gives these groups the audacity to choose what is and isn’t “appropriate” for the rest of society which may or may not agree with their particular belief system? Morals and standards are certainly something to be respected and strived for, but are not generally principles which ideally should be forced upon vast populations due to the beliefs of specific sections of them.


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