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Triumph of the vulgarians
Los Angeles Times, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Flyright, 12/10/2013 7:40:45 AM

Newspapers, including this one, are among the last places in America that has close to zero tolerance for [expletive deleted].I could give you a hint about what word is between the brackets, but I´d best not for fear of arousing the ire of the editing Comstocks. About twice a year, I quote a profanity from a public figure, using just the first letter of the word and then some bowdlerizing asterisks for the rest. No dice, my editor tells me. This is a family newspaper.There was a time when such standards were the norm at major media institutions in America.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: gaeditor, 12/10/2013 8:16:18 AM     (No. 9647789)

Thank you, Jonah, for an excellent read and for stating the obvious....sadly obvious.




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Reply 2 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/10/2013 8:18:52 AM     (No. 9647791)

Dittos, on a very good read. Jonah comes closer to explaining the Cyrus virus than anyone. Last sentence says all: the new taboo is decency.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 12/10/2013 9:28:02 AM     (No. 9647913)

Thanks to what we’ve learned from many reality TV cooking shows that have been around us for years, how many restaurants, even the posh, fancy-schmancy, upscale ones, are rife with kitchens awash in blue-air obscenity and profanity? Lord only knows.

Imagining what off-color language and crude behavior exists in the back-of-the-house while dining in the front-of-the-house is for me an appetite-killer of gargantuan portions and proportions; makes meals from vending machines or even cooking at home more appealing.

Bon appétit? Not so much.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: texsupreme, 12/10/2013 10:44:47 AM     (No. 9648032)

Bonnie and Clyde on History Channel is an example of how low TV has sunk.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/10/2013 11:02:41 AM     (No. 9648071)

Years ago, the Food Network made a conscious decision to go vulgar, which is why they replaced the civilized cooking shows and their hosts and hostesses with a bunch of ugly thugs with horrible tattoos competing to make the most inedible cakes. The executive vice president, when interviewed about the decision, said, "High end is bad television." He also added that he wanted to attract male viewers with competition shows.

TV is stupid and vulgar because, apparently, a lot of viewers want it that way.

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