Media Poison?

This is a subject I’ve always pondered about. Now, pass judgement if you like, because I do porn, but keep in mind we’re all entitled to our own opinion but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re correct. I have more of a curiosity than an opinion about the effect of media on younger generations, especially children’s shows and movies.

When I was younger I grew up watching mainly old cartoons. I had a favorite to the old hand drawn shows such as Popeye, Mickey Mouse (black and white), and Tom and Jerry. Now that I’ve inspected these shows once again I see a lot of adult humor and from some of the very vintage cartoons there is racial and even war propaganda within these seemingly innocent cartoons. Do these subconscious messages have an impact on the youth?

Television shows like Saved by the Bell, Friends, and Seinfield are geared toward a more adolescent to adult group, but I still watched these as a pre-teen. Many of these television shows talk about adult issues with sex, relationships, drugs and alcohol. Can America give some credit to these shows for our youth growing up faster than they should have? Has the media taken away my generation’s childhood by making our “heroes” young adults?

Now truly these aren’t the best examples I can give. My largest pet-peeve in celebrity influence comes now in present times. I believe the media is conscious of what messages they portrait, but many of the celebrities of our times don’t seem to care. Take younger girls in the spot light today, such as Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Miley Cirus, and Hilary Duff. Each of these young women started out as childhood stars. Ironically enough, many of them started out on the Disney Channel or correlated with the Disney persona. We all know Lindsey’s chaos she’s created with a criminal record, poor reputation, and millions of incriminating photos of her party life. She is the “baby Britney” of present day. Please, don’t even get me started on how disappointed I am in the record label created Britney Spears. Miley posed provocatively on the cover of Vogue, and her father allowed her to. Hilary Duff is following the trend of my generation and is now reportedly pregnant and married, and the young age of 23.

I constantly wonder…Who am I influencing? Are there young women out there who I am inspiring? Honestly, I hope not. I am the first to admit that whoever marries this mess deserves a metal. I also always say if I have a daughter she’s wearing sweat pants until she’s 18, although I’m joking entirely. So tell me, rant to me, speak freely, do you have an opinion on this?

By | 2016-10-15T07:23:35+00:00 September 9th, 2011|Categories: blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments
  • I think you’re right, I think the morals of each generation seem to get more and more “relaxed”. TV shows, not just reality shows, but all of them seem to go the extreme just to pull in more viewers. I know it’s the extreme but shows like Toddlers & Tiaras are enough proof of that. And how do they get away with it these days? Because the advertisers get their products seen and sold from shows like that. Even commercials have become 10x more risqué, I’m not about to say I’ll switch the channel when a Victoria’s Secret commercial comes on but I don’t think kids need to seem them either. I have two nieces and I don’t want them wearing shorts that say PINK or anything on their butts, don’t be looking there! Anyway, pop culture’s influence grows geometrically these days with the internet’s ability to reach anyone & anywhere. Now we see what trouble Lindsey is in or what celebrity’s sex tape was “accidentally” released within seconds of it happening.
    And I’m in no way for more and more censorship, I just think there needs to be more of a filter involved knowing that the kids see and hear everything. We’re living in a On-Demand society these days, keep the mature stuff available but do a better job of making sure it’s only being accessed by “of age” people.
    The bottom line for me is parenting, the adults have to take a more active approach to what is influencing the kids and what they let them see & hear and stop letting the computer and TVs be their kid’s babysitter. Otherwise they are going to become a society that more and more desensitized to the things that are around us.

  • Nik

    Personly I don´t believe that the bad media is to blame for all those troubled kids. But they have a huge influence during the process of growing up. Here in Europe the media is blaming viloence and horror, so they cut movies badly… Computer games are banned if they are to bloody or they change the colour of the blood to green or the enemies in aliens, so that you aren´t shooting a human person. Different is the theme if it comes to sex. We have no problems to show woman´s breast on TV or in our Newspapers. And we love the topless women on our beaches ;-) So our way is the complete opposite than the american. I remember when I was an exchange student in New York and watched Nightmare on Elmstreet on FreeTV it was bloody and uncut, but they pixled the tits of the naked girl (the waterbed scene). That was really funny. Or the story when a famous german children author tried to publish one of her books in the States and they wanted to censore the cow udder in the book because it would offend the american children….so she decided not to publish her book in the states. So it is very interesting for me that the US has the biggest porn industry in the world on the one side and the extreme christian side on the other.

  • I absolutely believe that any and all media kids are exposed to has an effect on shaping their lives. I’m not a parent, but I know HOW to parent and although I sometimes don’t do the best job, I try to keep my nieces and nephews exposed to only good positive-message type programming. I’m not even really a fan of Miley-type shows because there is usually a decent amount of negative messages sent out, even though it’s usually under the guise of “comedy”, it still bothers me slightly. Of course trying to keep a 7-year old niece from watching Hannah Montana is pretty much impossible and just flat out wrong. Luckily she seems to like it mostly for the dancing and singing and not necessarily the dialogue. Speaking of Sissy, as we call her, I sometimes joke around to older family members that she will make a terrific porn star when she gets older (she’s a Gemini.. ha.) Mom doesn’t seem to think it’s that funny.

    Anyway, as far as the young women you’re inspiring goes, if they’re too young, they shouldn’t even know WHO you are professionally, but if they’re 18 or over, they can make up their own minds and if they really follow you, I don’t see how your influence would do anything other than help them be a better person. Have a great weekend, Ash!

  • I absolutely believe that any and all media kids are exposed to has an effect on shaping their lives. I’m not a parent, but I know HOW to parent and although I sometimes don’t do the best job, I try to keep my nieces and nephews exposed to only good positive-message type programming. I’m not even really a fan of Miley-type shows because there is usually a decent amount of negative messages sent out, even though it’s usually under the guise of “comedy”, it still bothers me slightly. Of course trying to keep a 7-year old niece from watching Hannah Montana is pretty much impossible and just flat out wrong. Luckily she seems to like it mostly for the dancing and singing and not necessarily the dialogue. Speaking of Sissy, as we call her, I sometimes joke around to older family members that she will make a terrific porn star when she gets older (she’s a Gemini.. ha.) Mom doesn’t seem to think it’s that funny.

    Anyway, as far as the young women you’re inspiring goes, if they’re too young, they shouldn’t even know WHO you are professionally, but if they’re 18 or over, they can make up their own minds and if they really follow you, I don’t see how your influence would do anything other than help them be a better person. Have a great weekend, Ash!

  • F22FireFox

    My theory, it’s a combination of two things. The first is the steady decline of the economy. What we used to call the, “American Dream”, is dead and gone. Clearly it is still a land of oppurtunity(compared to many other nations), but the idea of rags to riches is all but gone. If you are born middle class, chance are you will stay middle class and so on. With that being said, times being as tough as they have been and will continue to be, it is almost a given that both parents have to work, and as such the children get very little actual parenting. They wind up being raised by the internet and television. This brings me to my next point… People are becoming too complacent with ordinary, surviving, good enough. I know times are tough and the odds are against us, but it used to be a common theme among Americans to rise against the odds(not just monetary) and make something of our lives. The parents have now gotten it in them that surviving the tough economic times is good enough, they feel accomplished because they can keep a roof over their childrens heads, and while this is an accomplishment, it should not leave one to feel accomplished. The way I see it, if you decide to bring a child into this world, you owe that child everything. The child did not decide to be born and as such they rely on the parents to shape/mold/design them. If they do not do EVERYTHING in their power to give that child everything they need to be able to live a happy fulfilling life, they have failed that poor child, themselves, and society as a whole. Sorry I wish this was written better but I just kind of threw a bunch of ideas on the page, hope something good can be taken from it, I just had to say something though because I am very passionate about my distaste for the direction of society(really the world).

    Peace and Love,

    Justin

  • C.G.

    Ultimately the problem stems from being overworked, underpaid, and hyper stimulated. It isn’t the medias job to babysit our children…it’s our job. Parents need to be in control of what their kids are watching/exposed to, but if you’ve noticed, parents aren’t doing such a good job, which in some circumstances is inevitable because we work WAY too much, but even when we are home, we are on the internet, on our blackberries, watching our own entertainment, and very few parents are willing to set aside the time to devote to shaping their children into productive and healthy beings. We let the advertising agencies raise them…buy a kid an ipad, kid shuts up…no?