This country’s broadcasting industry should start looking deep within itself and check if it’s doing this country a lot of good or a lot of harm.
It may be difficult to establish a clear correlation between many of our country’s ills and the influence of broadcast media especially television, but it’s quite clear even to the casual observer that most TV programs today do not promote proper values and that can certainly pose a problem down the road.
Take the case of the ever-popular show of Willie Revillame. What does it provide its viewers, really? Obviously, it’s all entertainment.
Now the problem isn’t so much that Willing Willie showcases nothing but entertainment. People do need the occasional diversion from life’s more serious aspects. The problem really is the crassness of it all.
Of course, those who enjoy this type of entertainment could easily argue that there are all kinds of entertainment. There’s high brow like ballet, theater and classical music and there’s the more pedestrian ones like game shows, reality shows, and showbiz gossip programs. Different products for different markets. Fair enough.
The problem really is when the medium becomes dominated — in terms of number and prominence — by programs that offer no real value to the public. Just check how many educational programs there are compared with the number of Willing Willie-style variety shows, telenovelas and showbiz talk shows. The difference is quite glaring. Consider too that even local TV news and so-called current affairs and public service shows are also becoming more showbizy by the minute as special emphasis is now being given more to sob stories and feel-good dramatics rather than real, useful information.
The concerned TV networks should really take a step back and reassess their purpose and role in our society. Are they here to turn us into smarter, thinking people or are they here to make us dumb? Are they going to raise the bar or are they going to lower it even further?
The answer to that last question is actually quite obvious. Just consider the latest booboo involving the 6-year old boy named Jan-Jan who was repeatedly made to perform a dance that is quite questionable as a talent showcase for a child.
It could have passed off as nothing serious, but Revillame’s misplaced thinking that it was cute of him to have the little boy repeat the performance over and over again clearly showed an absence of good judgment on his part. As expected, not a few people were compelled to raise a howl over the whole thing.
It can be assumed that the local TV industry is made up of adults so there’s probably no more need to elaborate on why this Jan-Jan controversy should prompt its executives to rethink what they’re doing. In case they still fail to realize what’s wrong, the following video should help them figure it out.
(There was an embedded video here, but the one who uploaded it on YouTube has changed the settings to private. The video showed an adult teaching two children how to gyrate like Jan-Jan. That video was embedded here to stress the point that unacceptable behavior shown on TV are emulated by some people, both by children and adults.)
Now, do we even need to wonder why even Jan-Jan’s family didn’t feel offended by any of this?