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Feature Article: Where is current media headed?

January 23, 2011

We all know ever since the hippie age things have been getting a little more “loose”.  The shows in the early 2000’s have began to push the envelope. I can remember when Jersey Shore started, a show focused around eight consistently drunk and over dramatic roommates that basically party, drink, and have sexual relations. However, the network that consists to push the envelope of inappropriateness, MTV, has unveiled a new crowning jewel, Skins. The show focuses on the lives of several high school teenagers, that do drugs, party, and have sexual relations. However, the show is pushing major limits.  The Hollywood reporter reports, “Parents Television Council has announced its urging the Department of Justice and U.S. Senate and House Judiciary Committees to open an investigation.” Also, ‘It is clear that Viacom has knowingly produced material that may well be in violation of [several anti-child pornography laws],’ added the PTC, which earlier called the show ‘the most dangerous program ever for children.'” The New York Times also chimed in saying, “The executives ordered the producers to make changes to tone down some of the most explicit content.They are particularly concerned about the third episode of the series, which is to be broadcast Jan. 31. In an early version, a naked 17-year-old actor is shown from behind as he runs down a street. The actor, Jesse Carere, plays Chris, a high school student whose erection — assisted by erectile dysfunction pills — is a punch line throughout the episode.” Here is my question, why would you want to air that in the first place? Perhaps it is not the characters on the show that take drugs, but the producers.

Anyway, back to the topic of media direction, I’d like to change your mindset from explicit to children’s shows. Now infiltrating our country are certain children’s shows. These can be debated from both sides.

On one side, I have heard from people it is polluting our children. It is telling them to learn other languages and use them with others in the United States. They feel this is bad because we speak English and need to stop letting other languages infiltrate our country. After all, now most things are written in Spanish and English, which I despise (however, that is a different article).

On the other side, people believe that teaching children the base of these languages is good because when they grow up they will have some base words to use if they are in trouble and need assistance. They also say that children need to know words, so when people of  Hispanic decent into America (legally or not), we need to know how to communicate with them

In my opinion, though I understand parts of the argument to let children watch the shows, I must agree with the other side. Children do not need to learn a language other than English until they are old enough to leave the country, then they may decide wither or not the would like to know another language.

Heading back the original statement, people need to watch what they are watching or what the kids are watching. Things can creep up on you.  The media today do not care what they broadcast. It is very important to keep a close eye on the TV. You never know what will be broadcast. There was a case in Oakland, CA where they aired this clip. Some highlights of things your kids would have heard:

“They were second graders performing sex acts on each other in the classroom and the teacher was present.”

“…They have little doubt that a little boy and girl in the second grade were performing sex acts on each other in one of these classrooms.”

“several students took off their clothes inside of a classroom while a teacher was present.”

“In the same classroom, a boy and a girl engaged in oral sex again while the teacher was there.”

Also, at the bottom of the screen, it continued to read “School Sex Investigation”. I want to say, what if your toddler heard this and asked, “Mommy (Daddy), what is Oral Sex?” I believe you would be shocked, and want to know from where your child heard it. You need to stay on top of things. Only let your child watch channels you have assigned that you know has little to no bad things in it, Nickelodeon or Disney, and I would not suggest MTV.

I would end my piece of advice with an “In conclusion”, but I think we don’t need that. You just need to get the gist of the article. If you missed it, the gist is that you need to keep a sharp eye on the TV because you never know what will be shown, I have given you two great examples of bad things for your children. Watching the TV may not seem important, but when it comes to your kids, you want the best and purest for them.

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