Friday, April 25, 2008

ABC: PDA's, good samaritan, Facebook, Scientology all in lively stories


Tonight (April 25) ABC 20/20 did a test of public values in “good Samaritan” situations, where a child actor (boy or girl, sometimes asking for help) was positioned to appear alone and lost in New York City. Until he or she asked, no one responded; when asked, a few people responded (one had her child notice first).

Then the show examined PDA’s (public displays of affection) of same-sex couples in Birmingham, AL and Verona, New Jersey. In Birmingham, a few people called 911, to find out that nothing was illegal.

Then, on WJLA (local ABC station) there was a short report by Kris Van Cleave on the increase in controversy within families over social networking sites, especially Facebook. Among Facebook’s 70 million users, the largest growing group now are adults. One kid said that adults in their 50s didn’t belong on Facebook! The show continued the concerns about reputation, and the fact that parents should know what is on their kids’ profiles. George Washington University mentioned calls from parents for roommate assignments based on what was found on facebook, and this included sexual orientation (this posting on roommate sexual orientation in court may be interesting:

On Thursday (April 24), Nightline ran a story about the flap caused when the niece of Scientology chief David Miscavige decided the leave. The story by Lisa Fletcher, Ethan Nelson, Maggie Burbank “Ex-Scientology Kids Share Their Stories,” link here, related a certain paradox: the kids were raised on a “ranch” and ties with parents were weakened, yet the Church threatens those who leave with total isolation from their families. Many churches act as if parents have an intrinsic right to the religious loyalty of their kids, but here the picture is mixed.

Also, on Dr. Phil today -- I won't go into the sorry family abuse tragedy -- but an evangelical pastor from the audience insisted that the Bible insists that a pastor have a good "reputation" and be free even from false impressions or false accusations. This fits into earlier coverage of "reputation" issues.

And Oprah was all Nate Berkus: designing a "mud room", a huge almost commercial kitchen for a Cleveland family, and then the latest gadgets for 21st Century houses. Does this comport with going green?

Also, for a posting on the "going green" chest wax of Harrison Ford on Access Hollywood April 24, see this posting on my International issues blog. It's in some pretty disturbing company.

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