LETTERS: by Robert SmithNews Weekly
New TV code of practice (letter)
, November 1, 2003
Richard Egan's story "New TV Code's drastic cuts to 'G' program time" touched a chord with me (News Weekly October 4).
This may seem completely mad to some, but we turned the TV off fourteen years ago. Previously I lived in front of it, quite literally.
I have, for many years now, questioned how I found the time.
The most remarkable part of the exercise, however, is how perceptions change.
After many years, I was at a friend's home, and they had the box on. It was this moment when I first understood clearly, as an outsider, the degree to which people's intelligence is insulted and indeed manipulated.
These days, if we visit friends with our children and the box is on, we ask for a video that we agree to, or the box off. Sounds rude you say?
Is it any less rude to invite friends over and then constantly distract yourself, half listening to your guest? Or indeed insulting their intelligence as only the TV can.
Parents, if you love your children you will be greatly and diligently protective of what goes into their most impressionable minds.
And if you think you can't live without the box, you will find many that wonder how you live with it.
As for the codes, the blind have been leading the blind for years now, they have simply turned another corner, and many are the fools who will turn with them.
The real difference it makes to many, is dealing on a day to day basis with those desensitised to the beauty of life.
One would have to be blind not to see the damage the box has left in its wake. I thank God our children have been spared.Robert Smith,