Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
Promoting Violence Unintentionally
A very good friend asked if I had ever watched the TV show Power Rangers that is shown every afternoon during children’s prime time sessions.
I said yes, and he asked if I saw any story line and if our children could learn anything from it. It got me thinking. The movie is about a bunch of kids who turn into robots and take revenge on the enemy.
I said slyly, “Oh, but they are out to save the world from bad guys, kick their butts and kill them.” He said, “Don’t you find it violent and soon after watching Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Winnie the Pooh they get a good lesson on revenge and violence. Then in the evening adults get a dose of sex and violence in adult movies?” “Well I suppose so.” I said.
Then he added, “We take for granted violence in movies, we constantly read and hear about it.” Don’t you think if we see it so much we will become immune or indifferent to it, or it will soon catch on? It's like the advertisements on TV. They are so repetitive that kids soon learn the words and sing along. Some adults have also been caught up; you can hear them humming a jingle or two. ”
I reassured him that our TV station was not promoting violence and they mean good and it’s cheap because it’s made in New Zealand.
But wouldn't it be nice for our children to watch reruns of the Classics. Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe and many more. Surely they will be cheap by now. At least will be educational and they have fantastic story lines.
A more difficult option would be to not allow children to watch TV at all.