This is from frequent commenter Jared.
We live in an era of fault finding. So much of what is presented in the many forms of media available in our day is skewed towards negativity, finding fault, and the prurient. This includes TV programming, Movies, News, etc. It is generally easier to find media exploring what is wrong about humankind than it is to find media exploring what is right about humankind.
Presenting what is negative isn’t the essence of the problem. The main problem is focusing on what’s wrong to the point that what is right becomes obscured. Take any topic in the media and compare the number of wrongs to the number of rights presented. Too often, the negative of whatever is being discussed or portrayed leaves out anything positive.
If consumers are not careful thinkers, they come away with just the negative of whatever topic was presented and don’t consider the positive. Maybe laws should be passed that require media to provide balance to whatever topic is being presented, so the audience is reminded that there are both positive and negative elements to the subject at hand. For example, producers of TV and movies that routinely present premarital sex and adultery in their programming, should be required to include programming that provides viewers with productions that show individuals valuing chastity prior to marriage and complete fidelity after marriage.
Years ago, lawmakers decided to put warnings labels on tobacco products because advertisers represented their product dishonestly. They presented just one side of the story. See example here. This led to warning labels being placed on all cigarette packages:
Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.
With this brief introduction to skewed, unbalanced messages conveyed by media producers, do you think lawmakers should consider putting warning labels on some TV and movie programming of our day–alerting viewers that watching ubiquitous portrayals of violence, irresponsible sexual encounters, pornography, and other depictions that appeal to the baser natures of humankind–could be harmful to the wellbeing of society.
How about the news? Should news anchors be required to state their political bias and warn viewers when they suspect that the next story might be fake news because the sources may not be reliable, or the details haven’t been investigated thoroughly?
Do you think that some of the content in the Bloggernacle should have a warning label stating that this blog post is written by someone who has turned lukewarm or hostile to the truth claims of Mormonism?
Do you think Mormon missionaries should encourage investigators to read all the Essays prior to being baptized?
Should the apostles and prophets disclose the details of their testimonies instead of veiling their testimonies behind the doctrine that some things are too sacred to relate? After all, they claim to be special witnesses of Christ.
Every time I go out to eat I am grateful that the Board of Health inspects restaurants to help keep the food we eat safe. All that I have presented in the post is related to the idea that government does what it can in a free society to promote the general welfare and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
Food inspections, warning labels, traffic tickets, licensing, etc. are helpful more often than they are not helpful. I complain about big government but having no or inferior government would be awful.
I don’t necessarily advocate some of the things I covered in this post. I am exploring ideas and hope to stimulate thinking outside of the box.
Consider the Book of Mormon’s teachings on promoting the general welfare.
7 Now there was no law against a man’s belief; for it was strictly contrary to the commands of God that there should be a law which should bring men on to unequal grounds.
8 For thus saith the scripture: Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve.
9 Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his privilege; or rather, if he believed in God it was his privilege to serve him; but if he did not believe in him there was no law to punish him.
10 But if he murdered he was punished unto death; and if he robbed he was also punished; and if he stole he was also punished; and if he committed adultery he was also punished; yea, for all this wickedness they were punished.
11 For there was a law that men should be judged according to their crimes. Nevertheless, there was no law against a man’s belief; therefore, a man was punished only for the crimes which he had done; therefore all men were on equal grounds. Alma 30:7 – 11)