Could primetime TV be getting “nastier?” It sure looks that way.
According to Fox News, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing changes to its TV content guidelines. These changes could end longstanding prohibitions against certain kinds of profanity and nudity on broadcast television.
John Conway, CEO of Astonish Media Group predicts that primetime television will start looking more like cable TV in terms of language and content. He says “I’m sure networks will test limits for ratings as they do now, but I think the American public will keep the worst outrages in check as they do now.”
Dan Isett of the Parents Television Council says “There is an enormous amount of TV content that parents are going to find problematic, offensive or even harmful to their children.”
In other culture-related news, unplugging in a wireless world seems to be impossible for most of us.
According to a story on Plugged In.com, the average smartphone user checks his or her device approximately 150 times a day, which works out to about once every six waking minutes.
That’s even as more and more experts are suggesting that our tight connection to our mobile devices may ultimately prove counterproductive.
Tanya Schevitz, is with Reboot, an organization focused on helping people unplug more often. She says “It’s like an arms race … everything is an emergency.”
“We have created an expectation in society that people will respond immediately to everything with no delay. It’s unhealthy, and it’s unproductive, and we can’t keep going on like this.”
Something to think about this weekend, particularly on Sunday. Jeremiah 17:22 reminds us “Do not do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your ancestors. Oops—guess I better turn off my notifications this Sunday!
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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