Censorship

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   Stan, Kyle, Catman and Kenny - four-foul mouthed third graders who abuse each other and find delight in making fun of authority figures.  Yet they possess a dumb innocence that makes their bad behavior forgivable to anyone with an honest memory of their childhood. Most parents do not approve of the bleepable expletives that fly out of the kids mouths on ‘South Park’ or the fact that Kenny dies violently in every episode. A lot of people want shows like this to be censored or taken off of the air. Parents try to shelter their children too much. They should let them experience life in the real world and not censor everything that they disagree with.
   Some shows can and cannot be shown on television because of their content and some parents want select shows off of the air because of their language, violence and profanity, but we as individuals should be able to choose what shows we want to watch.
   Television networks have a hard time deciding what shows they want to put on the air. They have to put a lot of thought into picking the correct shows to draw in the attention of the viewer. They first have to realize what type of audience they want to have. If it is a network like Nickelodeon, then they will want to look for something a child would be entertained by. If it is ESPN, then they would want something that the sports fanatic would love.  Another point that they want to have in a good show is how it relates to reality. Every television show needs some reality. If the show’s content is meant to be able to happen in real life, then it should look realistic. If the age group will relate to the show’s topic is also put into consideration(Nesbit).
   Networks also have to figure out if the show is useable or not by seeing how much violence, language and profanity. Again they have to consider the show’s target audience. There wouldn’t be the same amount of violence allowed to be shown on ‘Barney’  as there would be allowed on ‘America’s Most Wanted.’
   Television has now put a rating on TV shows. It is based on the same principal that the rating system of movies is. In movie theaters, G means the movie is suitable for all ages, PG means some material is not suitable for pre-teenagers and parental guidance is suggested, PG-13 means that parents should be strongly cautioned to give special viewing guidance to those under the age of 13. They also use the ratings R, which means that the movie is only allowed to be seen by people over the age of 17 unless the child is accompanied by a parent. The movie may contain a significant amount of nudity, violence or strong language. NC-17 is not used very often. It does not allow anyone under the age of 17 in the theater (Nesbit).
   The television’s rating system is basically the same as the movie’s, except for a few more ratings that get more specific in the show’s content. TVM is put on shows that are intended for mature audiences. TVY means that the show’s content is directed toward children and Y7 is a children’s program that is suitable for children over the age of 7 (Nesbit).
   There has been a new rating system put on television lately that consists of S for sexuality, L for language and V for violence (Parker). All of the cable programmers have accepted the new designations except for NBC. They oppose them on the grounds that they would inhibit programmer’s artistic license (Fritz).
   One of the main shows that parents would like to get off of the air is ‘South Park.’ The show that has spread like a virus is about four flatulent third graders and their paranormal Colorado town. Some of the past show topics have included anal probes and the alien abduction of Ike, Stan’s younger brother. Parents do not care for the show, thinking that it will corrupt their child’s innocence. One Georgia Mom, Paula Howard remarks, “I don’t care for the disrespect. You have enough smart-aleck children running around without ‘South Park’ making

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