I'm Lissethfrom Peru. In my country for 27st of May a citizens group is calling to march for protest against the rubbisth tv. What does rubbish tv mean, here? Well it refers to programs tv that promote the violence, morbidity and bad stereotypes of people. Also they they demand new and more contents or programs that diffuse culture and knowledge. But all people don't agree, because think and say the tv is not to educate but to entertain; the parents is to educate children. Another point in discussion here is the freedom of expression of the media. But the first say that the freedom of expression also has responsibilities. What´s your opinion? Is there a junk or rubbish TV in your countries?
Nowadays in Brasil there are trash programs. violence, sex, bad value to families, false news , priests cheat people in name of god, and politician party interesting.
There is junk TV in the United States and there always has been. In 1961 the chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission said:
"When television is good, nothing ... is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day... Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.
You will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons."
Yes, I don't even know some examples of a great TV. I decided a couple of years ago that I turned off my TV for ever. So today I don't even know TV at home. And what I have missed? Nothing.
Of course there is junk tv here in the USA. It is one of our major exports.I have noted in this forum that there are a lot of students of English who watch these shows to practice their English.
I find some "rubbish" tv in Spanish to be a great resource for vocabulary and practice. I have watched a lot of the Mexican series Los Heroes Del Norte which is fun and has lots of slang. I also watched Pablo Escobar: El Patrón Del Mal which was very sordid in its content but great for Spanish Language practice.