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?