Do Christians spend too much time making a big deal out of things that don’t matter to the greater culture? If it’s solving issues like human trafficking, global poverty, or abortion, that’s one thing. But I wonder about the effectiveness of raising vast amounts of money for legal issues like the right to pray before a high school football game.
Sure it’s nice, but are we wasting our ammo on something few people really care about? I thought of that with the recent FCC broadcast obscenity case. There’s no question that media has become far more coarse and crude in recent years, and trying to find programs that an entire family can watch is like searching for a needle in a haystack.
But when the obscenity rules came into being, we only had one TV platform – over the air broadcast. And that’s where those rules apply. But today, most people are watching cable, satellite, or Internet, and frankly, they don’t even care about where their entertainment comes from. While researching my new book, I came across an interesting quote by Tom Rogers, the President of TiVo:
“My kids don’t know the difference between cable and broadcast. Broadband delivery is just another way of delivering it to the home. TiVo’s view is [to] make it totally irrelevant to the consumer whether they’re using that remote to get a broadcast channel, a cable channel, or broadband content.”
My point is that we’re still hammering on the obscenity rules with broadcast TV, but cable isn’t under that regulation. So all I have to do is change the channel one number, and there it is.
Outside of the family period, do the obscenity rules still matter anymore? Shouldn’t there be a rule that governs all channels? Does anyone care? I think it’s another example of legislation – and well intentioned Christian concern – being out of touch with the changing media universe.
What other areas do you feel we spend too much time and raise money for that doesn’t pass the “who cares” test?