I think I am one of many who feel that there is a concerted attack on Christian
religion in this country as such "entertainment" would seem to indicate.
absolutely stupid show. i saw it twice. The head mobster is as frightening as
Pee Wee Herman.
News just in?Television has lots of tasteless, made up nonsense,
often demeaning to people of faith, good morals, traditional families,
patriotism and the truth in general?Shocked, shocked, I tell you to
learn of this sad state of affairs.However, every television has
switches that will turn it off, or turn to a less obnoxious channel. Every
consumer should use these options whenever garbage comes on.In 1961,
then FCC Chairman Newton Minow declared that television programming was "a
vast wasteland." That was at a time when there were only a dozen channels
to watch. Today, with hundreds of options, the choices are almost limitless,
and the quality on nearly all of them is far worse than anything aired in
1961.However, free people in a free country with freedom of the
press rightly have the option to watch what they want. Or, in the case of the
minority of viewers with good taste, to watch less or no television at all.I just wonder why it took anyone two times to decide "Amish
Mafia" was absolutely stupid. Most programs can be dismissed after 2
minutes of exposure.
@ DN SubscriberIt's true we can turn the TV off or change the
channel, and we should, but sometimes that is not enough. It does not address
the affect of pernicious media on society. Sometimes people need to stand up
and fight against something that harms our society. I won't watch youtube
videos of terrorist murders in the Middle East, but does it really have no
impact on me if others can see them? I won't watch pornography, but should
I not care about the effects of pornography on my friend and his marriage? Or
on young men who might want to date my daughters? The Amish do not watch TV,
but is there really no consequence for them if people have a misguided
perception of their culture and faith? No man is an island.
I've seen a few episodes of this show and laughed at how ridiculous it was.
I'm sure there are things that go on in the Amish community that they do
their best to obscure from the public, but that's true of any
community/organization. What I find more disappointing is the turn
that Discovery Channel has taken in recent years. They've gone from showing
primarily documentary/educational-type show that were actually interesting to
these contrived reality shows that they try to pass off that offer little
educational value. From shows about supposed mafioso's in the Amish
community and gold seeking nobodies from Utah to faux documentaries about
mermaids that try to obscure the fact that it's just for entertainment to
viewers who aren't savvy enough to know better...
I was walking through the hallway of my daughters new school finding classes
with her and must have passed 30 signs that read "no bullying". By now
those signs have mindlessly blurred into the background and bullying continues.
How can we ask our kids to stop bullying if our society embraces it
in their entertainment. These shows would be canceled if they were not popular.
Someone is watching. Picking on a peaceful religious group that won't
fight back by portraying their community as something it is not is nothing other
than bullying. These and many other forms of bullying are popular in
entertainment. They will continue to be popular unless a societal change of
heart occurs.Until then, bullying at schools will continue.
All the more reason to boycott TV shows in general. I never watch American TV
shows anymore and can find much better things to do with my time than to watch
the drivel that passes for entertainment. There have been a few decent British
shows from time to time (such as Downton Abbey and Lark Rise to Candleford), but
the vast majority of American and Canadian TV shows are dumb and a waste of
All this shock and dismay ... wow, really? I say we ought to be wringing our
hands over Hoarders which televises the problems of the mentally ill in a way as
to provide entertainment to viewers. Of course deriving entertainment at the
expense of the mentally ill and disabled ought never be acceptable but we have a
long history of it in this country and it's not likely to stop any time
soon. I have seen it in movies, on TV and on websites like People of Walmart and
did I laugh? Yup. Sue me.
The show is fake like all reality shows. And even worse, it's boring.
we all know what 'based on true events means'! Very little
'truth' at all usually. Trouble is, media is extremely powerful. Takes
over in a subtle way or not so subtle, and people are actually believing lies in