The biggest surprise on next season’s CBS schedule is a sitcom tentatively called “Bleep My Dad Says,” not just because its title disguises an expletive, but because it was inspired by a page on Twitter.The book is also clothed in euphemism in publishing circles. The publisher calls it Sh*t My Dad Says, which at least makes it pretty clear what the title is. This is apparently much too explicit for the NYT, whose best-seller list shows it as **** My Dad Says, thus giving Justin's Dad a near infinite vocabulary of possible four-letter swear words.
Yes, the anyone-can-make-media spirit of the Web has made it to prime-time network television, and probably not in the form Internet tycoons would have predicted. The CBS show inspired by a popular Twitter page — whose actual name is decidedly more profane than the “Bleep” title — is an old-fashioned, multicamera, studio audience comedy . . .
It's a real tempest in a teacup for delicate sensibilities. Maintaining an elevated tone in newspapers and on network television sort of made sense when they were, or at least thought they were, arbiters of what constituted acceptable public discourse. But those days are long gone.
At a time when vernacular, spoken English and written English are rapidly converging on the web, these rearguard actions by self-proclaimed language police just seem hypocritical and ineffectual. And funny.