Organized, yes. But well organized?

Posted on 09 Jun 2008 at 3:39pm

You know, the conservative right-wingers are a pretty organized bunch. But I am not sure they are actually well organized.

Every once in awhile, I start getting a tidal wave of e-mails complaining about some television program that offends the right-wingers’ delicate sensibilities. When Showtime started this most recent season of its series “Dexter” — you know, the one about the police forensics analyst who moonlights as a serial killer preying on other serial killers? — I was getting about20 to 30 e-mails a day from people who were highly offended that such awful trash would be allowed on TV.

These e-mails all have the same subject line, and exactly the content, just with a different name purporting to be from a local address.

Just in the last few days, apparently, they found a new target: Now I am getting 20 or 30 e-mails a day from folks who are outraged by “Swingtown,” the new CBS series set that “explores one suburban family’s adventures during the social and sexual revolution of the 1970s” (or so the official Web site for the series says).

Here’s how the latest complaint e-mail goes:

“Dear Dallas Voice:

I am offended by the content of the CBS program ‘Swingtown.’ The
offensive content clearly violates our local community standards and does
not reflect your license obligation ‘to serve the public interest.’

I urge you to refuse to air future episodes of ‘Swingtown.’

I also ask you to place a copy of my complaint in your files according to
FCC regulations.

Sincerely, Delia Vasque”

First of all, let me note that Delia’s city of residence is listed as “Measquite, TX.” Surely a person who only had to type their own name and address into a form letter could at least spell the name of their town correctly.

Secondly, I do not have a “license obligation to serve the public interest,” and my feelings on whether the series should air or not have no bearing whatsoever on whether it will. I work for a NEWSPAPER, people, not a television series. FCC regulations really have nothing to do with my job.

I personally don’t know if “Swingtown” is any good or if it is offensive. I have never watched it, just like Delia and her e-mail sending cohorts have probably never watched it. But unlike them, I am unwilling to condemn and complain about some show I have never watched.

I have never watched “Dexter” either, but I am thinking that if these shows are good enough to piss off the right-wingers, I probably should. So not only do their e-mails not have any effect on the decision ot broadcast these shows, they may have created a new fan for both. Which probably isn’t what they intended.

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