After being forced to consume only censored media during the communist regime, Romanians now live in a society where they can choose their media freely. To help them make the right choices Romania should implement media education programmes that could enable future generations to develop a critical capacity for interpreting information in the media.
While we long to see a watershed introduced on Romanian television to prevent sex and violence being shown before 9pm (it currently gets shown at all times of day) the idea that Romanians need to attend classes to help them understand what it is they really should be watching on television is patronising in the extreme.
The point is, there is an off button. There are other channels showing more cerebral fare than that provided by the mainstream media. If people didn’t want to watch the sensationalist rubbish that gets served up by the major channels they wouldn’t. Truth is though that after a hard day at the factory ordinary workers want to come home and crash on the sofa while watching chat shows and such like – saucy gossip and all – that make few demands of them. Attacking the ‘uneducated public’ for what it watches on television is little different to attacking working class lifestyles, and those horrible little people who take their children to McDonalds or shop in supermarkets.
We have much the same objections to this similar article by Andrei Plesu (in Romanian) published earlier in the week.