December 18, 2008

South Park?

Are we 14 again? A little info about SP:

South Park is an animated American television comedy series created and written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The series has been distributed and aired by Comedy Central since 1997. The show revolves around the adventures of four boys and their friends living in the small town of South Park, Colorado. The show is well-known for its pop culture parody, scatological humor, and satirical handling of current events. Since its debut on August 13, 1997, the show has aired 181 episodes over 12 seasons.

South Park is often credited with putting Comedy Central "on the map". The show has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Animated Program, two for programming less than one hour and one for programming more than one hour. In 1999, a feature-length film titled South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was made. Three episodes, called Imaginationland, were put together with additional unseen footage and rendered completely uncensored to create a second (straight-to-DVD) South Park movie.

The twelfth season began airing on March 12, 2008, and the second half of season 12 premiered on October 8, 2008. The show is contracted to produce new episodes through a fifteenth season, until late 2011.

South Park was basically created by two bored "STUDENTS" with nothing else to do. They were able to cash in a huge "comedic" success.

With that said, who really takes SP seriously? As a parent with a child it is up to me to ensure that my child does not view these types of shows, because while funny (hence being aired on Comedy Central), they are annoying. IMO, SP is similar to The Simpsons on speed. More annoying in a politically incorrect fashion. Bart is just an annoying little boy on the verge of the PIC. I however do not let my child watch either of these shows, either on TV or online.

Is it any wonder then that this comment should appear on Sacks' newest blog post?
Stan Says:

December 17th, 2008 at 10:35 pm
BTW, unfortunately my son watches South Park and I can do nothing about it. Like most kids he just watches it online at their web site. All of the episodes are there. Ugh.

Welllllllll.............As a parent, I would set up parental controls on the computer through using Windows and purchasing third party software that will do so. Seperate user accounts can be set up in order to keep the child from viewing objectionable material (step one). A child should never be left alone to be on the Internet due to predators abundant seeking young boys and girls surfing unsupervised (step two).

Is this meant to be a diatribe against "Stan?" Of course not, there are steps he can take in order to ensure the child does not access objectionable material. I do the same with my own child. She has her own user name with her own password (which I know). I have my own username with my own passowrd (which she does NOT know). I (or another responsible adult) is always present in the room when she is surfing the Internet. I have opened a running dialogue with her in order to insure that she does not go to sites which contain "bad" material. When something is seen, we discuss it and I get her to determine why this material is "bad." There are more comments on this post that are almost as insane, however this one jumped out at me. One must wonder if this is another dad who "fought" for custody to get the child from his mother? One must also wonder how this mother feels about unsupervised Internet surfing by this child? But we all know that once a child has been given to the dad, standards for custodial dads is much lower than those for custodial mothers.

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