Here’s a funny article about all the backlash from the super bowl incident. The article itself isn’t funny, but what it says about our society is.
A funny clip of some news-talk-show was shown by Jon Stewart last night. The guy said “What bigger scandal could there be than this incident?” WHAT?!?! Is this guy an idiot or a repressed sexual freak? Here’s a few other scandals that might be a little bigger:
- her brother, a repeated pedophile
- a president who exposed an undercover CIA operative
- the entirely corrupt situtation with “rebuilding” contracts in Iraq, including proven scamming by contractors with blatant conflicts of interest and ties to the administration
This is insane! The media has been talking about this for days now, non-stop, when there are REAL issues going on here and around the world.
Now let’s look at what all this media attention says about us. Think about our societal standards for a second:
- nipples, although not breasts, are banned from television during primetime
- words like “ass” are routinely bleeped
- guns can appear at any time
- people can be murdered in pretty much any fashion (as long as it doesn’t involve nipples)
- mass murders can be shown
- severed body parts, as well as mutilated and burned bodies can be shown
- medical operations on a live body are ok, again, as long as no nipples are involved
- detailed descriptions of rapes and child molestation can be given
Does this not seem a bit skewed? I’m not saying, as our society tends to do, that because of everything else we might as well open the flood gates and let anything be shown on television. I’m in favour of the opposite. Why the hell is so much violence shown on TV? If I had a choice between allowing a child to see nudity versus violence, I would pick nudity any day. What is screwing up kids in this society more? I think the evidence of over 20,000 homicides per year in the US in recent years is proof enough.
Yes, I realize there will be someone out there who says “But show me evidence that violence in the media is directly influencing children.” There may be some great evidence out there I haven’t seen, but I personally don’t care. Use some common sense! If you desensitize a person to some action, that action becomes more acceptable and less shocking – by definition. If you desensitize people to violent crime, it becomes cool to write songs about murdering people, cool to play video games to murder people, etc. How can anyone argue this is a good thing? Pretty soon you’re watching your friend gun down the guy across the street and think it’s cool
I fully agree this is entirely the parent’s responsibility. If you aren’t aware what your child is being exposed to, you need to find out right now. However, since so many parents don’t seem to do this, the government can help by regulating the distribution, just like it regulates so many other things (ie: nipples.)