by Chris Gacek
April 25, 2008
Now and again a great writer comes along and hits the nail on the head by vividly describing a particular problem or social ill. Well, Quin Hillyer, associate editor for the Washington Examiner and a senior editor of The American Spectator, has written a terrific article illustrating how bad broadcast TV programs have become: the level of indecency, vulgarity, and nastiness on TV just seems to grow more intense daily with no abatement in sight. Combined with a Vesuvius-like eruption of indignation, Hillyer gives a stunning description of one show he saw while waiting to catch a basketball game. Hillyer then launches the equivalent of an anti-p.c. nuclear bomb: a call for all decent Americans to proudly demand censorship of the public television airwaves.
His battlecry made me wonder whether censorship is even the correct word for taking adolescent trash like the show he describes off the air. Isnt there some minimal qualitative level to which a piece of art must attain or pretend to attain before a grandiose term like censorship can be applied to said programs eradication ?
Quin, excellent analysis with a terrific bonus rant thrown in. I salute you and hope the game was worth the wait.