It’s 14:04 as I start writing this. Having spent the best part of the last hour catching up on recorded rugby matches from the weekend, I turned back to standard television. The TV channel that had been playing before I started watching recorded programming happened to be playing an American show, ‘ER’. It’s about hospitals. Within less than five seconds of watching the show, one man stabbed another in the cheek with a pen; lots of blood, very visual. A few days ago at around the same time, someone quite graphically died on a similar show.
Am I wrong in thinking that this is a little bit too far for a 14:00 broadcast?
I’ve seen some of the goriest, bloodiest films ever created and whilst I haven’t been a huge fan of them, I can let it slide (in most cases) because it’s aimed at an 18+ audience. But how far is too far? My intention here is to start a discussion rather than a rant. If you read this, I’d really love to hear your thoughts – it only takes a second to comment below. Tell me what you think about the following questions:
– How far is too far in a daytime television show?
– What is our basis for judgement anyway?
– Why is it ok to censor some things and yet promote freedom of speech?