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"Simone L. Fary" <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 30 Jul 1996 09:07:19 -0400
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     First of all, let me apologize if I sounded cranky about the
recent advertising.  The fortunate/unfortunate fact about email is
how quickly you can send it out there!  I did want to discuss what
we consider to be acceptable.  One mention that there was a place
that fixed cameras was one thing, but 5 lengthy missives that I got
awhile back about their services seemed a bit much.  Also is there
in fact any statute out there besides internet etiquette to prevent
such things?
     Secondly, I want to clarify that I don't consider sex and
violence to be equivalent in any way except that by over-exposure
we have become similarly numbed to them.  More and more often I
find myself waiting in boredom for the mandatory sex scene or
explosion, car crash etc. to be over so we can get back to the
     I think that with many people who believe that our exposure to
sex and violence on tv should be limited are presupposing that
without the offending material tv would be fine.  I think that the
mere act of spending any significant amount of time watching tv may
well be more troublesome, but that is another discussion.  It may
be as impossible to draw any concrete scientific conclusions about
this as about the effects of violence and sex in movies.  There are
too many variable at the individual level, and not enough "hard
science" methods to quantify things.  We can't know everything with
certainty, it's one of those issues where we can just hear all the
arguments and make our best guess about what is right for us and
for our children.
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