Posted by: twobigyellowcranes | 21 February 08

Chuckle, Chucklevision

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“To you.” “To me.”

Great comments from Martin McGuiness a few days about how concerned he was about the amount of time characters in Coronation Street and Eastenders spent drinking in the Rovers Return and Queen Vic respectively and the influence that may have on young people.

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Now I agree with what he was saying – these shows seem to show people in their local boozer all day, every day. That can’t be the life most people lead and it surely can’t be a good example to the more impressionable viewer (another point is whether that constitutes entertainment, but that is a discussion for another day).

As I said in my post below about Ian Jr, politics and (some) politicians here have moved on and I am delighted that is the case. However, it still strikes me as bizarre that a former Officer Commanding of the IRA should be commenting on the influence of TV soaps on teenage drinking and anti-social behaviour. All part of the normalisation process of life/politics here I guess…

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Responses

  1. Nothing gives me more hope for conflict resolution around the world than a former Officer Commanding of the IRA being asked to comment on the influence of TV soaps on teenage drinking and anti-social behavior.

    The glass is half full.

  2. I’m not saying it is wrong or the glass is half empty. I agree it is a positive sign of normalisation (as I said), although I can think of other things that give me greater hope…

    Still, does it not strike you as bizarre/surreal?

  3. it does


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