A recent opinion poll discovered that many people
were very concerned about the amount of sex and
violence depicted in movies, television shows, and
popular music. This poll also discovered, however,
that most people thought that individuals should take
responsibility to correct the problems. The vast
majority favored such solutions as tighter parental
supervision, warning labels on records, and voluntary
self-restraints by entertainment companies. Only 27
per cent favored government censorship. At the
same time, there was growing concern about the
impact of television on children. Research has shown
that by the time our children reach age 18, they have
spent more time watching television than in school.
The problem was that our television system was
attuned to the marketplace. Children are treated as a
market to be sold to advertisers at so much money
per thousand eyeballs.
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