THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, April 1, 1972
Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, April 1, 1972
Growingup -with television
Dear Mr. Surgeon General:
I read your report last night:
Report to the Surgeon General
from the Surgeon General's Ad-
visory Committee on Televis-
ion and Social Behavior.
It wasn't so long ago that I
couldn't fit it in between All
in the Family and Moby Dick.
I'm surprised that you're still
trying to prove that watching
violence on TV makes people
While you diddle around with
your fancy statistics, our kids
are sitting in front of their
TV sets three or four hours a
day soaking in all the crime
and muck that the networks put
out to get advertisers. I've
watched my little ones go
through the kind of fights they
watch on the Saturday morn-
ing cartoons. It's a wonder they
still have everything they were
born with! Johnny almost lost
his left eye because Jeff hurl-
ed his m a g i c "thunderbolt
death ray" at him. I don't think
he even realized that what he
threw was his dad's golf club.
So what if he does kill his lit-
tle brother - he can just turn
the set on next Saturday and
everybody will be back again.
Someday maybe his little broth-
When we grew up, we saw
harmless things at the pictures
on Saturday afternoon like the
Keystone Kops, afternoons with
Captain Marvel comic books.
We didn't come home from
school and glue ourselves to the
TV set. It was healthy stuff like
racing around outside playing
gangster and cowboys and ind-
ians. Stickball in the streets,
lifting an apple from the fruit
market, smoking cornsilk in the
attic. Life was action, move-
ment, participation. Not t h i s
vicarious dependency on the
tube which we see today. Jeff
went on a campout with his boy
scout troop last. weekend and
they had to take a battery-pow-
ered TV with them so they
wouldn't miss the Saturday
You find correlations in your
statistics between people who
watch much violence and people
who grow up to become violent.
Correlation is not casuality, you
say. Sure, there are deviants
who will do anything you tell
them to. There are adults who
go out and imitate crimes shown
on programs. Every society
has its weak minds.
But you take young child-
ren who have no sense of right
and wrong. How can they help
but grow up into the models
they see? The two-fisted loner
who bucks authority, spurns the
idea of settling down to make a
good decent living, guns and ex-
torts his way to success a n d
proves his superiors wrong. Feed
a whole generation on pap like
this and the real world will be-
come as violent and valueless
as the TV world. Only the good
guys might not always win.
My kids have watched TV
more than they've gone to
school, more than they ever talk
with their dad or me. We
cannot shelter them, show them
wha.t they need to see to be-
lieve that the world is good and
its order is just. How can any-
body, even simple children, have
faith in the world on TV where
norms change from half-hour to
half-hour, where life is one bat-
tle against innumerable foes,
where justice is the fastest gun
or the perfect plan.
As they grow up, their heroes
change. Their idols become hulk-
ing meat-eating football players
or pot-headintellectuals. Name
one hero on TV who is a car-
porate president. Then they be-
gin to watch the news, see all
the bombings, deaths and de-
monstrations. The corporate net-
work establishment has taken
over the duties of parenthood.
They decide what to present and
whether to present it as right
or wrong. They design reality.
"The corporate systems that
run our lives have gone out of
control. Why, it's impossible to
buy a car that doesn't eat up
gas, always need repairs and
pollute the atmosphere.
The government is our last
hope. The representatives of the
people. We elect them, and
they should know what we need
to watch on TV, what we need
to have our children see to grow
up normal and hardworking.
Why waste your money on stu-
dies? Why not put it into some
organization that can control
the media monopoly over in
New York. Have some board
that can prevent the worthless
pulp that fills the screen from
getting on the air. Let's have
more ideal, clean, hardworking,
ideal heroes, like Archie Bunk-
er, Beaver Cleaver and Ed Sul-
But surely I shouldn't be lec-
turing you. I'm only a simple
housewife. As a matter of fact,
I think my roast is getting over-
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