Television viewers need to wake up

To the editor:

Jennifer Smith’s column Trivial concerns: There is much more to think about than spending money (Sept. 28, Capital News) hit a nerve.

As a father of a wondering eight-year-old, I’ve recently looked into getting cable (satellite) for the Knowledge Network, PBS, National Geographic, etc.—some educational programming.

But I’ve given up and continue to borrow videos from the library and friends.

It’s not the money. I used to scrimp and save. Now, I don’t care. No, it’s the 50 channels of crap we are asked to buy. I can’t take it.

Recently I helped put on the monthly Amnesty International Friday Film night at Okanagan College.

My friends and I have been up to this for a few years. We show films about war, violence, societal malaise, etc.

But very few people come. I’m beginning to wonder if I have what it takes to be a missionary. Each month from September to April we put on the films, but rarely do we fill the seats.

Next month we’ll show Shut up And Sing—I especiall y like the part in this film describing media concentration and the effect this had on The Dixie Chicks.

Your measure of the nightly news missing the point is well founded. Trouble is people are not taking note.

It’s as if we live an in unconscious civilization.

Thanks for your column, keep shining the light.

Randy Engman,


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