Channel policing isn’t the solution

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Channel policing isn’t the solution
Last week there was a huge uproar around temporarily banning a prominent fashion channel over a show by an international designer that showed models wearing transparent shirts.

I was interviewed by several publications to express my views on the subject. Of course, I believe, and said that the content must be sieved for general viewing since our society is still more conservative than the west in more ways than one. Especially, a sexual content does not go down too comfortably with the masses.

My take on the subject is that yes, we need to make sure the content is in coherence with the fact that this is a general viewing channel, hence there must be a parameter to evaluate the content, specially since the viewers can range from kids to mature adults.

We don’t want to overexpose impressionable minds to subjects of this nature until our society is ready to understand the intent.

Having said this, I also wish to say that banning a channel is no solution to tackling such an issue. Temporary banning is only a monetary loss to the channel and not in any way a problem-solving idea. How does it ensure the content will be made more viewer-friendly?

Anyways, I am not going to go into this aspect right now. What really struck me was the fact that the government banned the channel because the content was not set to the parameters of Cable Television Networks Rules, but have we ever considered that we need to broaden our thinking and educate the minds about subjects that have yet stayed inside the “taboo line”.

Yes, it is our moral responsibility to ensure children receive the right upbringing and are taught the correct values but we as a society need to now open up to a lot more issues than we have so far.

This is one subject that is still under wraps. For a large part of the society, the subject pertaining to sex is unapproachable and one never gets to discuss it openly. I feel the government needs to make a change here. Handle this issue in a better way such that we take a step ahead towards problem solving instead of a temporary solution – which is not even a solution.

Does the government ban fancy cell phones? No, why should it? They bring in great revenue but have we considered the fact that the MMS industry does a lot more damage to the young minds than a mere harmless fashion show.

Obviously, the government or anyone else cannot monitor every move a person makes; hence don’t you think a better approach is required at this juncture.

Our society is largely repressed and needs education on several issues. Perhaps, this could be one of those instances that should generate enough momentum to start taking things in our own hands in a positive manner.

I feel the forbidden fruit is always more luring hence we must take up the issue in a more mature manner and look for a holistic solution to the problem rather than selectively penalising channels.


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