Letter to the Editor - November 15: TV show should go

AS AN EDUCATOR having served the young people of our region for more than 50 years, I am sometimes dismayed at the choice of programs served up on the electronic media to our young people (and sometimes to the older ones among us as well). I am referring to Prime Television's heavy current promotion of a coming series titled How to Get Away With Murder.

If the recent promotion material telecast is anything to go by, the show looks very much like a "how to" documentary with all the appropriate methods, details, excuses and legal arguments put forward for viewers' information.

What concerns me most is the possible impact of such a show on the lives and the thinking of mentally disturbed people in our society, particularly the young. What also appals me is the thought that such a show can be telecast, and proved to be so popular, in the US where, some reports suggest, there have been over 80 school shootings in the last two years.

Personally, I am going to do everything in my power to prevent any of my grandchildren ever watching that show and I urge all parents and grandparents who read this to do the same.

For its part, I would urge the Prime Television Network to carefully consider its social responsibilities to our society and refrain from ever telecasting that program or any other like it.

BOB BURTON

Editor's Note: Mr Burton, the show is actually a drama and an extremely well written and acted one at that.



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