personal responsibility goes bye-bye
Freedom of choice vs A blanket ban on indirect advertising... in all it's shapes and forms. Can any legislation even begin to cover the myriad ways in which a product may be placed on a TV screen ? Should any legislator (let alone a Sri Lankan legislator) even bother ? Whatever happened to change the bloody channel or turn the dang TV off if you happened to be watching a SRK press conference (you poor bored soul, you). Is there a correlation between some random celebrity's behaviour and your own ? Something along the lines of if he jumps off a cliff ....
Do video games cause violence ? Do some genres of music predispose fans towards psychotic rampage? Should they be banned too ? Will someone please think of the children ?
Allowing all viewers to make an informed decision instead of resorting to censorship and bans only happens in utopia. At least, that's what a few (perhaps many) seem to think. A kneejerk ban or protest may not save any of the 10 odd million who are slated to die this year of smoking related diseases. But down the line ... maybe. And that's enough for some. From my point of view, if you have a swimming pool in your backyard, teaching your kid to swim is always safer (although perhaps a lot more effort) than fencing the pool off.
So which makes more sense ? I'm not sure.