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Date Posted: 12:49:06 01/11/05 Tue
Author: Chris
Subject: Re: Jerry Springer
In reply to: Shane 's message, "Re: Jerry Springer" on 12:17:52 01/11/05 Tue

The bleeping and blurring is an attmept to have some kind of standard on what can be seen on television.

Ok, but here it is perceived as a "double" standard and paternalism. Either you show or you show not.

In Germany, TV has changed fundamentally when the private=commercial TV stations were allowed to transmit their programs. Before, we had only the national, state TV (which still exists) with only 3 programs, financed by fees that every TV owner has to pay (even today, even when he only watches the private stations). These 3 programs were however more worth than the dozens of private stations we have now. The state-run programs were educational, relatively morally (compared with today), and free of adverisements (there was only 5 minutes advertisements at 6pm or so, but the afternoon and evening was free of any advertising, can you imagine?). As soon as the private stations started broadcasting in the 1990s, they immediately started to attract people by sending sex films and shows and all moral barriers went down. Since then, standards do not seem to exist any more. By the way, the idea of privatisation of the TV and financing things with advertisement was of course copied from the US.

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