Specific Goal: I want the audience to believe that all television programs should be rated.
Children begin watching television at a vary early age, sometimes as early as six months, and are eager viewers by the time that they are two or three years old. The general viewing is one of a steady rise in the number of hours viewed from early childhood though preadolescence and then a sharp drop in viewing during the adolescent years. According to audience rating surveys , the typical American household has the television set on for more than seven hours each day and children age 2 to 11 spend an average of 28 hours per week viewing television (Liebert 1988). .
2. I have grown up watching TV for as long as I can remember, like almost any one of us in this room. But TV then was different, now TV has a lot of crap. I know if I had kids, I would monitor what they were watching just to ensure they weren't getting spoon fed all these awful programs that are on today. .
3. I asked 5 parents of children ages 4 to 7 if they thought TV ratings were appropriate for today's TV programs. The results were on my side. Four out of five said, "Yes, TV ratings are very important and all programs should be rated." Just think if you were a parent would you want your child to be subjected to what's on television today? Would you want to see rating to let you know what you and your child are going to view? .
II. Proposition Statement: I want you, the audience to believe that all television programs should be rated.
III. A. Our children have easy access to vulgar and violent television just by a push.
of a button. .
1. This problem originated in the early 1950's when television was the new thing. .
2. Excessive television viewing can be caused by lack of activities, depression, no social life, or just plain boredom. .
3. The problem is mainly in the United States.
4. The core of the problem is violence, and moral decay. If there were no sex or violence, there would be no need for television ratings.