Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I have been sitting here this morning reading the lovely comments on whether to schedule or not and by the way, I have decided to just be free. But I will look at editing my layout when time permits. Thanks Ginny The Sock Monkey, I needed that validation.
Like I said, I have been reading comments and was listening to morning television jibber in the background when a most alarming theme emerged. It made me take notice and ask myself, “What happen to the English language?” Where are these people when I play Scrabble?
Point in case: the clip being presented showed a Senator disagreeing with an issue before the Senate. The sound bite, “Hell, no.” Which made me question, “Is he saying no to hell or is “a resounding” to much for his notes?” Does not this sound a tad bit more Senatorial; “A resounding, No to my colleague.” Maybe he forgot his dictionary?
This sound bite was followed by: “Bleep, you,” “Bleep, yourself and sit the (bleep) down,” Bleep, bleep, bleep. By the time the story had completed I thought there was a storm warning being issued. Was there even a news story here? I’m still not sure.
Then I heard several stories in which I presume it was a “question and answer” story. With each segment, just as they got to the punch line, “BLEEP.” After awhile I just started saying, ”Sorry, Alex says your time is up, the answer; what is _ Alex.” I found myself making a game of finding at least a six-letter word to fit the bill.
I only counted 3 sound bites in which the stations “Bleep” alarm was not triggered and it made me wonder how are we going to explain future Jane and Johnny’s potty mouth? “ Oh, he or she watched the news this week, was that not the assignment?” Is this what we Americans have come to? Have we cheated the education system so drastically that four letter words are all we can afford? Does the BBC even have a “Bleep” alarm?
Now I am not a goody two shoes. I rather enjoy sailors and their colorful dialect but in moderation and never in front of children. I recall the first time I took my niece to a movie. Her exact words; “I hope this movie don’t have words.” “What words?” I asked. “I don’t know but mommy says we can’t watch movies with words.”
That is the future I want her kids to have. One where they only know bad words exist and those words are not for children. Yes, I will now take off these rose colored glasses. But before I go let me ask you…
If we truly want to be uncensored, if we want to be free to express our views and anger and if we do want to have the ability to sway others, why then do we use such small, meaningless words?