The Most Ignored Words In America

What are the most ignorned words in America? I nominate “Viewer Discretion Advised.” The content and attitude of most popular American TV programs prove that Americans use little or no discretion in deciding what programs to watch.

My dictionary defines “discretion: as: “the ability to make responsible decisions; the quality of being discrete; especially, cautious reserve in speech.”

Let me ask, do people use discretion — their “ability to make responsible decisions” — when they passively feed their eyes, ears, and minds on television’s protrayal of negativity, disrespect, vulgarity, drug use, violence, rudeness, crime, fear, crude humor, perversion, and profanity. Those seem to be the primary subjects of our intrusive American TV industry — which could be more accurately described as sickovision. So where is the advised, so-called “viewer discretion?”

And where is any “cautious reserve in speech” when we continually listen to a flood of nasty, jock-shocking, rude, crude, and mean words spoken to us every night in our living room or our bedroom?

At least sickovision is honest as they gleefully poison our minds, our hearts and our society; counting their money all the way home. They warn us with a rating system for their programs: V for “graphic violence,” S for “explicit sexual activity,” and L for “crude or indecent language.” (Those are their words, not mine.)

And then they give us America’s most ignored words: “Viewer Discretion Advised.”

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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  5. sherwood8028 says:

    I read a lot of what you call, the modern media. I believe very little of what I see – or hear, as I try to compare what is offered to the words of scripture, in particular the teachings of Jesus, and discover that to believe what they have to offer is simply a waste of my time and effort.

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