Thinking about the FCC censorship hullabaloo recently got me thinking about other forms of censorship, so… What’s the deal with Mormon swearing? For those not in the know, Mormon swearing is the practice, predominantly by Mormons, of replacing words that…
So this thing about the FCC altering their rules on indecency and censorship is going around the Interwebs, with a link to petition the FCC not to change these rules. Here’s the link to the press release that goes along with the story:
In other words, it would be like British television. Meh. Of course people are up in arms about it. Think of the children! In fact, the argument against this change is the implication that children will suddenly be subject to all sorts of depraved acts and more expletives than not, adding “especially when children are likely to be watching or listening,” to support the argument.
I feel like I should point out that just because certain things would no longer be censored, doesn’t mean they will suddenly be appearing in abundance or will increase in any substantial way as compared to current broadcasting. I mean, if someone drops an f-bomb and it gets bleeped, we still know they dropped an f-bomb. Removing the requirement to bleep it doesn’t mean that we’ll suddenly hear ten f-bombs instead of just one.
Likewise, I don’t think it’s fair to use fear mongering with such claims as “especially when children are likely to be watching or listening,” to promote an agenda of censorship in the name of decency. Just because something isn’t necessarily going to be censored anymore doesn’t mean it’s suddenly going to be broadcast to children. To think otherwise is ridiculous. Unless you’re letting your kids watch otherwise inappropriate programming just because certain words or images are currently censored, in which case you really shouldn’t be arguing against removal of censors because you clearly think it’s acceptable enough for kids anyway.
I think removing censorship is a twofold step in the right direction.
1) Censorship in any form is bad. We tout the First Amendment as the amazing right that it is. We should be offended when censorship occurs. Indeed, we usually make it a point to decry instances of censorship. How did we ever decide that it’s okay to censor television and radio?
2) Put the focus back on responsible parenting. If you don’t think it’s appropriate for yourself or your kids to be watching or listening when certain words are not censored, why does it suddenly become acceptable when those words are changed or bleeped? The context and subject matter are unaffected.
Don’t watch or listen to something you find offensive. Simple as that. Declaring that censorship needs to occur in the name of decency is wrong. Take responsibility for the content that you and your kids consume.
There have been many nights where I have gone to bed hungry because the dining halls closed too early and I didn’t have any decent food sitting in my dorm. I honestly never thought that living away from home would bring up so many problems in my life.
Marina Abramovic meets Ulay
“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”
It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.
You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything.
But in real life, you can’t avoid doing things. We have to earn a living, do our taxes, have difficult conversations sometimes. Human life requires confronting uncertainty and risk, so pressure mounts. Procrastination gives a person a temporary hit of relief from this pressure of “having to do” things, which is a self-rewarding behavior. So it continues and becomes the normal way to respond to these pressures.
Particularly prone to serious procrastination problems are children who grew up with unusually high expectations placed on them. Their older siblings may have been high achievers, leaving big shoes to fill, or their parents may have had neurotic and inhuman expectations of their own, or else they exhibited exceptional talents early on, and thereafter “average” performances were met with concern and suspicion from parents and teachers.
This totally justifies every excuse I’ve been giving myself from not doing that thing I’m supposed to do.