Hear no evil, see no evil, stop no evil: A follow up on the Grammys

28 Jan

So you didn’t watch the Grammy Awards? Good for you.

I don’t mean to sound crass, but you’re not doing anyone any favors by proudly proclaiming you won’t watch such filth nor are you helping anyone by labeling the show and other media programs as “evil.”

If you really want to make a difference in America’s media landscape, DO SOMETHING about it. Don’t pat yourself on the back for avoiding it.  Believe me, these folks are not crying because they lost you as a viewer. They actually love when conservatives loudly complain about programs, music or movies.  As a matter of fact, our complaints help them. Why? Because it makes others think, “Well, if they hate it, it must be AWESOME!”

My in-box has been burning up with notes from people who are proudly declaring their abstinence and summoning the wrath of God on people they declare to be evil, vile and other not-so-nice words. I agree many in media and entertainment do behave despicably and produce content that hurts society; however, I haven’t posted the abstainers’ or judges’ comments because they would do more harm than good. The indignation, as righteous as it may be, won’t change the situation. The condemnation won’t change the people responsible. None of it will bring anyone closer to God.  There are more effective ways to express disapproval and spur real change.

Look, I’m not saying you have to watch or listen to this stuff. I agree a lot of it is crap, and there have been many times I needed to pour bleach into my eyes and ears because of things I’ve caught on television or radio.  However, I am saying you have to get out of your bubble, acknowledge this stuff is out there, and work to change it. Complaining to the networks won’t work, nor will boycotting their shows. These tactics actually boost the offending items’ popularity. However, there are two tactics that do work. Go after their advertisers and tell your government representatives to hold the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) accountable.

No advertiser will run commercials, which finance these shows, if they fear they’ll lose a huge portion of their consumer base. Just a few years ago, parent groups were able to get “Skins,” an MTV series with a whole lot of underage sex, pulled off the air because they targeted the show’s advertisers.  The FCC has regulations that prohibit the airing of “obscene” material before 10 p.m., and they can levy some pretty hefty fines for public stations that do it. (CBS, the host of the Grammys, is considered public. MTV and other cable outlets are not.) Granted, the FCC has been pretty lax about enforcement in recent years, but that’s why it’s so important for you to be persistent. Contact your federal representatives and demand action.

You can also have dialogues about these issues. I use Roadkill Goldfish to start those dialogues, but I also spend a lot of time personally talking with other people and listening to their thoughts and ideas. I encourage you to take the time to talk to people who may have a different opinion. Find out WHY they think the way they do. Use hard facts to point out flaws in their arguments.  Show alternatives.

I believe we can change today’s culture, but we can’t do it if we’re patting ourselves on the back with our sanitized hands.

It’s time to roll up the sleeves and get our hands dirty as we help others out of the muck.

8 Responses to “Hear no evil, see no evil, stop no evil: A follow up on the Grammys”

  1. nomomrniceguy February 2, 2014 at 7:38 AM #

    I am one of the people that decried the Katie Perry affair on stage as Evil. And in doing so I hope others saw the evil forces behind the presentation. This is not about advertising or dollars, conservative or liberal. This is about the state of our culture. It is about the collective state of national soul.

    Let each man tend the bounds of his domain with the responsibility he is given as a man by God, watch over it and we will be fine. God has told us as much. When we allow or selves to become soft and lazy as men, we allow the evil to progressively permeate our domain. Thus leading to moral decay as witnessed on National TV.

    I would suggest that you not play the game at all. Do not concern yourself with advertisers. Tend your own domain, make it productive and fruitful. Make it full of love, respect and harmony. Lead and Teach through example not through righteous indignation as you have suggested.

    However, a blog is certainly a pulpit for espousing thought – the only hope for action is that someone else reads your words and they move them to action. The big question each of should ask ourselves is, :What action are we taking in our lives to tend our own field, are we leading by example and teaching through action?” Because once we all do this, our world changes for the better. We cannot wait or scream for others to change things. We must do so ourselves. We must do so not in another’s field (domain), but in our own.

    God Bless.

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