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What's On TV in Bhutan?


Less than there used to be, if Bhutan's government has its way. The little Himalayan kingdom, which has had TV only since 1999, is concerned that American professional wrestling is turning a traditional, rural Buddhist society into a gang of goons. That seems unlikely, if for no other reason than 70 percent of Bhutanese still don't have electricity. Nevertheless, the BBC reports that the legislature is considering a bill to regulate programming. (As it happens, the island of St. Helena has had TV only since 1998, with no rise in violence.)

Jib Fowles examined the supposed relationship between American TV and violence for reason here and here, and makes the case for TV violence here.

Thanks to ArtsJournal.