Actually, I was going to write about two things here. As usual, Concordia
But there is an issue near and dear to my heart that I wish to address. Yesterday a bunch of "nanny state"-loving busybody activists called for the Canadian government to reign in private television channels (well, reign in even more than they've already been "reigned in") and eliminate violence on TV... prior to 10 p.m. (at least for now... I don't trust these guys any farther than I can throw them). Kevin Holden was rightfully going apeshit about this on CJAD yesterday afternoon so I thought this was a major story, but, even using Google News seach the only thing I could find about this proposal online was this short CBC article as well as a small article in the "on-old dead tree" version of the Montreal Gazette. Still, I want to make a whole bunch of points:
a) Up yours!
b) I like my TV nice and violent... don't tell me what I can and can't watch.
c) The government doesn't, and shouldn't, take the role of the parent... If you don't like it or don't want your kids watching it, turn it off. If I ever have kids, once they reach about early elementary school age, I'll let 'em watch the violent toy commercial cartoons, just as I did in the 80s; they're loads of fun to watch, and, if you're a kid and you know certain sorts of adults don't like you watching those sorts of cartoons, that just increases the appeal. And if the busybodies succeed in taking all of the fun, interesting, un-nice cartoons off the Canadian kids' channels, well, there's always the American border channels, or do you want the cable/satellite TV companies to black those sort of programmes out? Well, I have a nice, big, phallic outdoor TV antennae. And if the American busybodies ever do they same thing and get the violent stuff taken off TV there... well, there's always DVDs.
d) The stuff that's on TV today seems pretty tame compared to G.I. Joe and The A Team, at least in terms of "shit blowing up real good".
e) The Gazette article says that this time the pressure is coming mainly from the French-language school boards here in Quebec. Well, if they limit the pressure to the French-language TV networks, it's not like I'll notice, me being so out-of-touch with what's on French-language TV here that I thought Star Acad�mie was the name of some spiffy new business in the same building as the main Archambault book/music/video store at the corner of Sainte Catherine's and Berri (since the building is plastered with signs for it... it's the Quebec TV equivalent of American Idol, apparently). Honestly, about the only reason I ever watch French-language TV other than the occassional programme on TV5, the International channel, is for the nipple content late at night.
f) I noticed you all didn't specify whether you meant just the broadcast networks, or the premium cable channels as well... if you're proposing controlling the content of channels we have to pay for (more than they've been cotrolled already), up yours even more.
g) What about those of us with the mini-dish satellite TV service where we can watch channels from all over Canada? Would channels in the Eastern Time Zone have to put violent stuff after 1 a.m., so that the kids in British Columbia (in the Pacific Time Zone) wouldn't see violent TV before 10 p.m. there?
h) In conclusion, fuck you.
**Yes, I know it's really "scapegoat"; it's a little in-joke for people who come here from a certain message board...