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Why television obsession with sex, violence?

Published:Friday | August 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM


I write this letter with great concern about the introduction of various series of shows on one of our local television stations. Of particular concern are the following: Scandal, Da Vinci's Demons, Hollywood Heights, and Hotel Babylon, to name a few.

The aforementioned aired series not only have common themes of sexual matters and/or violence, but also repeatedly include explicit scenes of violence, sexual immorality, as well as expletives.

The broadcasting of these series is not only introducing yet another factor in degrading the moral values of this country, but is also in violation of the Broadcasting Regulations specifically, Regulation 30 (d) of the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations, which provides that "no licensee shall permit to be transmitted any indecent or profane matter ... ". Regulation 30 (I) is also breached, as it provides that no licensee shall transmit "any portrayal of violence which offends against good taste, decency or public morality".

I am calling out to the broadcasters to be mindful of the powerful effect the media have on society, particularly on our children. When a media house chooses to broadcast shows with explicit sexual content, violence or other evil influences, it is adding yet another lure for greater moral degeneration in our society.

The media of today seems to believe that sex and violence are what 'make' entertainment. We need to wake up and realise that we are reaping what we sow.