Appearing to lack basic common sense and good judgement, TV writers and producers have gotten themselves into a pickle. They've been pushing the envelope so long that they don't know where to stop. It seems that ever since the infamous Janet Jackson Superbowl incident, and the ensuing fallout, the entertainment industry can no longer tell the difference between what's acceptable and what's not acceptable programming, in terms of nudity, foul language, and violence. It's also making them nervous knowing that Congress is considering raising the fines from a few-thousand dollars to $3 million
per-day, when they don't get it right. Read more. [requires registration]
There should be a standard code of ethics when it comes to content ratings in the film industry, but it appears that when no one's watching [no pun intended] things start slipping through the cracks that haven't always been acceptable. According to this article, "a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that a decade of "ratings creep" has allowed more violent and sexually explicit content into films, suggesting that movie raters have grown more lenient in their standards." What it boils down to is that a PG-rated movie today was likely considered an R-rated movie ten years ago. A spokesman for the Motion Picture Association of America has this to say: "the standards for judging acceptable depictions of sex and violence in American society are constantly changing, and it would not be surprising if it changed for movie ratings as well." Read More. [requires registration]
Hope all of our American friends have a very happy Fourth of July, and in addition to beer, hamburgers, sunstroke & fireworks, you may want to include some tube time: ABC's rebroadcast of "The Music Man", starring Matthew Broderick as Harold Hill and Kristin Chenowith as Marian, taking a bit of time off from the library in River City. Here's the info from Playbill .
Who's the new "Librarian" in town? It's ER Doc. John Carter...(actor Noah Wyle).
In his treatise on the changes in our language over the last half of the last century, author and linguistics professor John McWhorter marks the year of his birth as a turning point towards a more relaxed and less elegant use of language.
His book, "Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care" (Gotham Books, 279 pages, $26) claims that the introduction of color TV and a lack of trust in government (Vietnam) began to "elevate the visual over the written in American culture" article here from the Chicago Tribune .
heidi writes "A tv show called "Switched Up" wherein people change careers for 4 days with someone else with (no doubt) hilarious results. The commercial I saw made me do a double take. "I want to be a librarian," a rather bemused woman stated. "Because my life is so noisy...and I just want some quiet." The next scene shows her overwhelmed with an armload of books. Sounds like someone is in for a surprise!Premieres Sunday, March 7th at 7 PM.Here's The Site"
A Very Defiant Duckling Named Ender was kind enough to share This Article on the troubles with TV. It says the average mood while watching sitcoms on television is mild depression. Reading a book, however, gets a tick. It's a lot less passive than being slumped in front of the box.
Bob Cox points us to an interesting site about the National Association of the Deaf, NAD, and NCD, the National Council on Disabilities, who are protesting the decision-making process regarding which programs receive captioning and which ones do not.
Also, see a list of recently approved and disapproved shows for U.S. Department of Education captioning support here.
If you're not a football fan (let's see how those PATRIOTS ACT...) you could always do something else besides watch the Super Bowl tonite. Folks in the Palm Beach (FL) area are offered a variety of options in this article tcpalm.comsuch as reading, going to the theater, or watching something ELSE on TV. Jean Coberly at the Blake Library in Stuart suggests curling up with a good book.
"They just did the Oscar nominations, and four of five of the films nominated for best picture are books," Coberly said. Those are "Sea Biscuit," "Lord of the Rings," "Master and Commander" and "Mystic River."
And there's even a way to tie reading into the Super Bowl, Coberly said.
"If you're desperate and you want to know why men are watching the game, you can read 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,' by John Gray."
Whatever you do, though, you might want to include nachos in your plans.