Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Columns

May 25, 2013

RAY DAY: Profanity expands on TV

— It has been said we will one day be subject to hearing the constant barrage of dirty words while watching our televisions and listening to radios — much more than we hear already.

It is said the Federal Communications Commission is about to authorize the use of whatever language the media want in movies, news shows and children’s shows that even today are bad for our youngsters to hear.

Where is the thought in this authorization and, really, who is behind it?

Today we watch television and, even though it might be a great movie, it is laced with profanity. It is my own opinion that even though we have freedom of speech here in America, there has to be a limit to what can be transmitted over our airwaves to homes where good-mannered people try to live as proper humans instead of dirty-talking lamebrains.

Our cable stations are not worth the outrageous costs.

Recently two new stations were added: Cozi, channel 433, and INSP, channel 298. Hallmark has some good, clean shows, but recently we were sitting there and a few dirty words were blasted into our ears. What has happened to our society where we cannot watch a show without fear of having to turn it off due to dirty words in the presentation?

As you read this, you are probably asking, why not just change the channel or turn off the television, Uncle Ray? Well, I now realize no one needs to use bad language to get a point across. I don’t need to see nudity on the screen, either. Yes, in my younger days, I did cuss some, and I did look at things I would not look at today. I am the same person but with a different mission in life. Our airways need to be cleaned up and our movies need to be put on a shelf until they can be done away with.

How long has it been since you have seen a good movie without having to block out what is said and shown on the screen? Really, I am about ready to put up an antenna and just watch the local stations. Look at channel 4, and you will see shows that just are not good for our youngsters to see. Back in my day, channel 4 was a great station to watch sports and good educational shows.

And while I am at it, I want to say that from watching some of the ads on TV, the people running the ads must think we are idiots. They tell about a medicine and get you about ready to check into it and then, as they close, they tell you that it might make you sicker than you are and could result in death. My goodness, let the doctors and the people at the drug stores tell you what you need.

I know that advertising helps pay the bills, but there are some things like medicine and lawyers seen every day that need to be taken off and good ads put on.

Personally, the only ads I pay attention to are the ones in our newspapers and magazines, where you have the opportunity to read the fine print. Have you ever noticed how small and how short a time the fine print is on TV?

Well, I thought I would just get it off my chest and, as one of my readers says, “tell it like it is.” Again we have no need to listen to more vulgarity than we have already.

By the way, I recorded a section of a show just so I could read the fine print, and you should try that before making up your mind about the medicines. Sort of saves the kicking later on.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • Vasicek: Celebrating Easter I have shared a few bits of Easter humor over the years, so I thought I’d start with a new one. Joseph of Arimathea was the wealthy Pharisee who is famous for helping to bury the body of Jesus. He procured the body, asking Pilate’s permission, and, w

    April 20, 2014

  • DAY: God trusted us with them Well, you heard about my wife and I, and our families from the past, so it is time for me to tell you about two of the prettiest girls I have ever known. They are our daughters Debbie and Patty. They are the greatest gifts from God that we have had i

    April 19, 2014

  • LoBianco: Bigger ethics questions raised in House Turner review

    Members of the House Ethics Committee who will take up Rep. Eric Turner’s case face daunting tasks as they try to answer two questions: Did their powerful colleague violate any ethics rules in privately lobbying against a measure that would have hurt his family’s business?

    April 18, 2014

  • Hicks: Measuring the unmeasurable

    One aspect of economic research I think is especially powerful is the ability to measure or monetize the things that humans clearly value but for which a market price is not necessarily apparent. This is one of the aspects of economic analysis that gives it such dominance over other social sciences.

    April 17, 2014

  • Rob Burgess House of Burgess: Bush presents 'The Art of Leadership'

    On April 5, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy,” opened at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The display, which runs through June 3, boasts “portraits of more than two dozen world leaders” painted by Bush, according to the official literature.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bohanon: ‘Economics is fun’ in Vegas or in Bible study

    I am writing this on an airplane to Las Vegas. I’ll be attending the annual conference of the Association of Private Enterprise Education along with two of my colleagues and six of my students.

    April 16, 2014

  • Hayden: Want better teacher ratings? Ask the kids

    The state may be back where it started, encumbered with a flawed teacher grading system, a year after implementing what were meant to be tough new standards.
    That was the general consensus of the State Board of Education days after teacher evaluation data were released last week.

    April 15, 2014

  • BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president in 2016? Stay tuned Mike Pence for president? The swirl of 2016 national ticket talk surrounding Gov. Pence intensified over the past few weeks. I sat down with the governor in his office on Tuesday to find out what he's really thinking. A few hours prior, the Weekly S

    April 14, 2014

  • DICK WOLFSIE: Such a thing as too much My wife and I went on a binge last week. If you think I'm talking about an eating binge, you've never seen how thin we both are. If you think I mean a shopping binge, you don't know how cheap we are. And if you think it was a cleaning binge, you've n

    April 14, 2014

  • ED VASICEK: Chewing over news in bite-size vignettes Today, I am going to share a few "opinionettes" about current news items. Ready? Let's go! City prosperity The unemployment rate in the United States is down to 6.7 percent. This is its lowest level since October 2008. When I remember government effo

    April 13, 2014

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller