27 06 11 - 07:41We have divided society from government, and so we hope to keep society in line by restraining or enabling government.
What if we know something is just wrong, and would rather fix it without government?
Watching violence on television or TV before bedtime can lead to sleep problems for preschoolers, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. Experts have known for some time that too much TV time can negatively impact our sleep, but this new research finds that what young children watch and when they watch it can make a difference as well. - PNN
OK, that makes sense. Their explanation makes less sense: violent images seem to either disturb people or make them numb.
Imagine if we lined the streets with giant TV screens showing alternately hardcore porn and execution videos?
People would be all screwed up in the head.
Then there's this:
The Supreme Court has struck down a California law that would have banned selling "violent" video games to children, a case balancing free speech rights with consumer protection. - PNN
Yeah, no one likes the idea of censorship. You've all been provided copies of George Orwell's 1984... at your state-run or state-regulated schools. Whoops.
But the point is, if something is destructive, when do we as a society -- not necessarily government, but all of us working together, or at least the smart ones -- do something about it?
Or do we keep bickering about my-right-to-everything versus geez-guys-this-is-a-bad-idea-i-think?