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Are these words necessary ?

I have been watching news from several years , Their isn't a single day i remember not hearing words like "SCAM" , "TERROR" ," RAPE" ,"MURDERED"
"BRUTAL" etc etc., I'm asking this because a 10 year old kid sitting next to me while i was watching news asked me whats the meaning of rape , Which was on the Head Lines !
I feel these words should be banned on NEWS or any television shows because have deep impact on kids , not only kids but on clean society also .
Please have a word about it .

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    Aug 5 2011: I stopped watching TV and reading newspapers decades ago (three, I think it is.)

    The media gets paid to attract your attention ... it has.

    If we ALL took responsibility for ourselves (not for other people) nothing would have to be banned. (Yeah, I know, it's not gonna happen.)
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      Aug 5 2011: Thomas, again and again you hit the nail on the head, thank you for that!
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    Aug 4 2011: Hi Sai,
    The words certainly do have an impact on society, and a far greater impact on society, are the ramifications of the crimes. Banning the words, is not going to change the behaviors, and might have an adverse impact on society because many people will not be aware of the behaviors. We need to work on changing the behaviors, then there will be no need for the words in the news.
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      Aug 4 2011: Your comment reminded me of the passage from 1984 starting with "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."

      "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it."

      I can't help but think of these lines -and shudder- whenever I hear people talking about "destroying" words, as Syme would put it...
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        Aug 4 2011: Hello again Marie:>)
        It would be wonderful if we could get to the stage where we say...those are the words we used to use for the crimes that no longer exist:>)

        I am a dreamer, and I strongly believe that everything begins with a dream:>)
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          Aug 5 2011: Hi again!

          Couldn't agree more.

          Fight against the thing, not the word for it. :)
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    Aug 4 2011: you can't heat your house with banning the word "cold". maybe not a good example for someone from bangalore :) here is another: you can't save the crops with banning the word "drought". maybe also not a good example, but you got the point anyway. first we need to eliminate scam, terror, rape, etc, then we can forget the words.
    • Aug 5 2011: Well said Keisztian Pinter ! I totally got your point with the first sentence :)
      You said that "WE NEED TO ELIMINATE THAT " , this arises another question , How will you do that as a citizen ?
      of-course that's going to be hard .
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    Aug 4 2011: How long are you going to protect that kid ?
    Can you protect that kid ?
    The words are necessary because it is about FACTS of life.
    The words are necessary because he needs to know.
    • Aug 5 2011: So a rapist will be raping ..
      and we will be watching ..
      aah and and these word are facts of life ?? No sir i totally disagree with you.
      I wish it was just a fact !! but now these words are becoming part of life ...
      Each morning you get up and read news parer imagine you reading these kinds of news rather that healthy news , what a bad way to start a your day !
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        Aug 5 2011: Hi Sai.

        To begin with, I believe words are necessary.

        How is banning those words going to help maintain a "clean society" if it is already so adulterated?
        You say "these words are becoming part of life." Of course they are, because they describe the reality of everday trauma. "So a rapist will be raping." Yes. And to deny and simply get rid of these words would be to ignore the reality.

        "Each morning you get up and read news parer imagine you reading these kinds of news rather that healthy news , what a bad way to start a your day !" I can't believe you're concerned about "your day" when those incidents literally ruin some people's lives. The reason why these are broadcasted on news is because we need to be aware of what's really happening to do something about the situation.
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        Aug 5 2011: *smile*
        Words are names for facts.
        Eliminate the fact then there's no need for the name.

        If you're serious in getting rid of those "names"
        Let's discuss how we eliminate rape, murder, terror and brutality etc...
        Shall we ?
        *wider smile*
        • Aug 5 2011: :-)
          I got your point sir !!
          Your name says that you are a JUDGE . So lets begin with your ideas on how you going eliminate it .
          According to me it can be achieved by making people literate , employed , and most important which i feel is that each person should have sense of humor(I know its hard for every one to have it , I my self don't' ) because The ability to laugh can dispel tension, and that helps to understand complex situations can help people to make good decisions and not take the wrong steps..
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        Aug 5 2011: Mua ha ha ha ha hah ahahahhaaaaa
        It's actually a request... not a title. My name is Pau... Judge me... Judge Pau.

        And Yessss... I agree education and happiness in people would help a lot.
        They'll respect life.. which will lead in respecting people.
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      Aug 5 2011: If the "news" also reported on "everything else" so the negative stuff was seen in context, then sure, the kid "needs to know." But there is no balance and it creates a skewed image of the world. I can virtually guarantee you that most of us think the world is a much scarier place than it is.

      There are 6 Billion plus people in the world, sometime in the next week something horrible is going to happen to about 3000 of us (give or take.) We'll probably hear about 300 of them (if we watch the "news.")

      What about the almost 6 Billion people (5,999,997,000+) that nothing happens to - if we gave each one of them ten seconds of "news" time, it would take almost 2000 years to report on all of them (24 hours a day, seven days a week.) That's how rare "bad news" is but you would never know it by watching "the news."
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        Aug 5 2011: Look at it as a risk management.
        In risk management the frequency matters very little when the consequence is fatal. One incident would be too much.

        People with no fear, scares me.
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          Aug 5 2011: QUOTE: "People with no fear, scares me."

          Problem solved.
  • Aug 4 2011: The word rape can mean different things too: Like when an army of locus destroys crops, they are said to rape the land. Same with the other words you wish to band from your child's ears. Informing your child in the proper way will help him (her) learn, not only the various meanings but show you want your child to learn from you & NOT the kid down the street. If you get my meaning.
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    Aug 4 2011: I am afraid that if you were to remove words like this from the news then people would stop watching. It is a strange but factual point that humans thrive on the news of others suffering.
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    Aug 4 2011: Hey there;

    See your point. But if we take rape as an example, yes unfortunately kids have to hear and learn about it. Rape is one of the most harmfull crimes in the history of civilization. And it never wipes off. So if a child has to know about charity or space travel yes he has to learn what rape means.
  • Aug 9 2011: Banning the words like rape,murdered,scam terror would not help as the meaning of these words will get to the kids someway or the other. it is necessary to make the child aware of some truths in order to make a good citizen out of him.
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    Aug 6 2011: if word rape is bad what else suits it ? Children will again ask same. I think it is the job parents to explain it in other polite words.
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    Aug 6 2011: Now why are kids watching the news? because TV is on and they have nothing else to do? To me that's already questionable.
    Now banning is censorship. To get rid of something, you can go dictatorial from the top and banning it, or you can go through a much longer process of education, and get people to turn away from un desirable things.
    TV news have often become an escalading freak show, the trasher they get, the more audience they hope for. Turning the TV off might be a good start, both to protect the kids, and to give adults some self-respect. Then the news people might try to become informative again and reinvent themselves.
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    Aug 5 2011: I feel that what offends you the most re-read your question is to have faced this ten year old boy who put you on the spot by asking you the question on the definition of "rape". Our society is - unfortunately - made that way: acts of extreme violence, sensationalism in the media looking through words shocking and somehow hope that we all have is to preserve as long as possible and as long as we can our children from harsh reality. .. The real fight is far upstream: the last sentence of Marie Clermont "Fight against the thing and not the word for it" pretty much sums up the situation I think.
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    Aug 4 2011: The words are necessary as long as the behaviours exist. I think we need to do more to get to the source of the problems and to take care about what little ears hear. That last part happens when adults choose to limit what they hear while kids are within earshot.
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    Aug 4 2011: Hi there Sai, my feeling is the lessons and solutions should be highlighted more than those words.


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