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United Church of Christ: Television Bad

Monday, June 30, 2008

What's wrong with watching television? And what on earth does this have to do with the United Church of Christ? Well apparently the UCC Office of Communication is part of the "Smart Television Alliance"... I guess because they want to give clueless parents guidance on what is acceptable television. From today's press release:
Cheryl Leanza, Director of the Office of Communications Inc. of the United Church of Christ, added, "The first step is realizing this is a time when many kids begin to view more television, and making a commitment to not allow summer TV viewing to escalate. If your kids do watch television, finding quality programming using advanced technology can be a helpful tool. We can no longer allow summer to be a time when learning stops."
Kids watch more television in the summer... shocker there. I'm thinking that Leanza has too much time on her hands this summer and now she would like to decide for you what is good (and conversely what is bad) on television.

If you are one of the dumb parents out there that don't have a clue on what quality programming is out there, the good people at the "Smart Television Alliance" have a list of shows based on age groups (with a convenient link to their sponsor TIVO in case you want to record the shows). I was disappointed that reruns of 90210 on the Soap Network weren't included on the list, but I was thankful that I could sit my daughter in front the tube to watch "Everybody Hates Chris," "Hannah Montana" and "Deadliest Catch" (which is an AWESOME show).

All said, the idea that my denomination wants to have a say on what is acceptable television is both creepy and idiotic... not to mention a little arrogant. I'd like to meet one person who likes the idea of their church picking out which shows are good to watch. What's next.... are they going to tell us which brand of coffee is acceptable to drink?
posted by UCCtruths, Monday, June 30, 2008

2 Comments:

The Smart Television Alliance website is not recommending programs but making it easy for parents to find programs recommended by children's media experts...something that we are not. Cheers to all the nonprofits for recognizing that TV is a part of our lives. At least now we can find shows that both educate and entertain, while of course managing a balanced media diet for our kids, especially during the summertime.
commented by Blogger ChristopherTurman, 5:01 PM  
I guess it makes little difference that many other religious communities, from the Southern Baptists to the Roman Catholics, also provide TV viewing guides for their parishioners.

Let's not miss a chance to attack Cleveland, right James?
commented by Blogger David, 8:36 PM  

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