This is a re-post of an article we did a while back. We've thought about doing this for a good while, but just haven't worked it into our routine yet. Well, yet is here. Sometimes you just like to say things more than once. We've all told kids more than once to look both ways before they cross the street, or don't touch that, it's hot. So, on occasion, we're going to try some re-posts, maybe something worth saying or hearing more than once. Please comment if you like this approach, or if you don't like this approach. Let us thank you up front, and hope you enjoy the read.....again. From the staff of Frank and Fern (that would be Frank and Fern, of course).
Originally posted June 10, 2013
people will find this hard to believe or may not even believe it at
all. We do not own a television. We repeat. We do not own a television
and have absolutely no desire to have one in our home.
have not watched regular television programming for over 20 years. We
have only had cable once for a few months in Barrow, Alaska and realized
we weren't watching anything on it, so we turned it off. We have watched our fair share of movies off and on. When we lived in Alaska we watched Netflix movies for a few years.
did we quit watching TV? We realized a long time ago that most
programming by the major networks were being manipulated by Madison
Avenue. The goal was to get us to think a certain way, shop a certain
way and act a certain way, because if we didn't, we were some how
lacking. We began to find that most television programming was
offensive, demeaning, sexually suggestive, rude and a waste of time.
This still holds true today.
When we realized how much TV promotes certain political,
religious and moral views, it was plain that our conservative,
Christian, pro-life values were and are under attack. Everywhere we go
we hear, "Did you see.......?" Is this random, by chance or a deliberate
constructed means of influence and control? It appears to us to be a
very effective means of destroying the family, stimulating moral decay
and swaying the political views of most people.
Are there some programs on TV that are good, wholesome,
informative programs? Sure there are. We know families that limit the
amount and type of viewing allowed in their homes. One of the keys to
anything is self-discipline and moderation. We have just chosen a
How do we even know what is on TV now days? It is seldom
we go to someone's house and the TV is not on. You can't sit in a
doctor's waiting room without being subjected to a television. As
educators, we can see a marked change in the way children act, dress and
interact with other children and adults. Terms like 'freeken', 'what
the....' are only cute little ways to curse and are not allowed around
us. When a whole generation of children is raised viewing and speaking
in the manner of current TV programming, they do not know any different
and for them it is 'normal'. We choose not to participate in this 'new
choose the news we read and the images we view by
using the internet for our information. The choice is ours to read,
analyze information - not some talking head on a television. The
results are remarkable. We are better informed today than we ever were
when we only watched television news. This does not mean the internet
cannot supply the same types of information and indoctrination that
television does. It has the same lure and addictive possibilities. The
key is in the choosing.
the content of TV influences society, or society influences the content
of TV, we are in serious trouble. Something to think about. Choose what
you fill your mind with. Don't let others choose for you.
Frank and Fern