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In Response to Re: NUDITY ON THE RISE ON PRIMETIME TV:
If you read the history of the Roman empire, and revisit the 1976 movie "Network", the answer to the question of "what do you do next, after pushing the boundaries beyond decency?", is to move further into the area of "shocking & violent".
In the movie "Network", a TV news anchor is told that he only has 2 weeks more on-air, due to declining ratings ..
".. The two old friends get roaring drunk and lament the state of their industry. The following night, Beale announces on live television that he will commit suicide on next Tuesday's broadcast. UBS fires him after this incident, but Schumacher intervenes so that Beale can have a dignified farewell. Beale promises he will apologize for his outburst, but once on the air, he launches back into a rant claiming that life is "b_llshit". Beale's outburst causes the newscast's ratings to spike, and much to Schumacher's dismay, the upper echelons of UBS decide to exploit Beale's antics rather than pull him off the air. In one impassioned diatribe, Beale galvanizes the nation, persuading his viewers to shout out of their windows "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"."
The Romans (from Wikipedia):
"The Emperor Augustus was well aware of this risk (riots) and was keen to keep the poorest plebeians happy enough and reasonably well fed so that they would not riot. He began the system of state bribery that the writer Juvenal described as ‘bread and circuses’.
Free grain and controlled food prices meant that plebeians could not starve, while free entertainment – such as chariot races and gladiators in amphitheaters and the Circus Maximus – meant that they would not get bored and restless. Bribery it may have been, but it often worked."
The circuses & gladiators got more & more violent, as the citizenry became "bored". Christians & other minorities made for violent spectacle in the arena.
Posted by ASTRAEA
I remember "Network" .. a great movie!
I do know the story of the corruption and fall of the Roman empire.. and it is scary to contemplate where we are today. In some ways we have come so far, technology and medicine etc.. and at the same time, war and violence and poverty and things seem to be getting away from us.. and it is all brought to us via our own personal TV sets.