From: Jacob Waltman (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Aug 06 2009 - 11:35:19 PDT
I’m not sure how relevant my particular situation is to others on this list, but speaking from inside a notoriously conservative state, the ripple effect manipulative stories like this have on “tight-knit” communities where gossip is something of the lifeblood of this undefined infrastructure, is rather disconcerting. One person will see the story on FOX, and in turn will pass on the most salacious details of the story to a few of their friends in a casual conversation, and said story slowly makes its way around the community, losing more and more of its already questionable veracity each time. Because these people are receiving this information from those whom they believe share their same ideals, and in the case of my situation, religion (I hesitate to make religion a target by mentioning this, but I suppose its pertinent information to understanding the environment I live in), alarmingly few people elect to pursue other outlets to verify what they have been told, and ignorance is allowed to flourish.
Also considering the subject matter of the original clip, though I don’t mean to label the film in question (which I have not seen) as simply porn, I think it is interesting to study the results of several recent studies which show an increased rate of pornographic consumption in conservative states, which I imagine FOX caters to (my own state being the number one consumer). Perhaps it’s an arbitrary link, but the word hypocrisy certainly enters the mind…
Thanks for your time.
(From a lesser mind)
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