I hardly ever watch TV (and for good reason). So I’m not very “clued in” when it comes to whatever pop-culture crap that kids are watching these days.
This show has been running for a couple seasons and apparently has some pretty high rankings.
It’s one of those “reality” shows that follow the lives of teenage pregnant girls.
To say it’s awful is an incredible understatement. It has huge ratings, but those ratings come from all the drama (most of which is from editing or the girls playing it up for the camera).
What’s passed off as “reality” TV these days is really just the worst example of people trying to upstage each other with their stupidity. It’s actually far from reality.
But here’s the real danger…
Long term university and government-funded studies have shown that people will naturally do whatever is modeled in front of them.
So the more that this stuff is broadcast far and wide, the more that young people will model that behavior.
I found this quote today while researching this email.
“We live in a culture where people are more offended by ‘swear’ words and middle fingers than they are famine, warfare, and the destruction of our environment.” – RSIFFIAOI
That quote struck me hard in a couple ways.
First of all, I agree with it 100%. I’m definitely not saying we need to be puritanical about what’s on TV or anywhere else for that matter. We have too much of that in our culture already.
We should definitely be “offended” by war, starvation, and any other oppression around the globe. MUCH more than stupid swear words, for sure.
But the other thing that struck me was that there has to be a balance. If life is nothing but giving the finger to every single thing all the time, then that leads to a spiral of doom of sorts.
That spiral leads to eventually war, famine, and all the other bad stuff.
At some point, we have to model smart, decent people. Broadcast the scientists, the artists, the people making positive change in the world. The kids will start to model that and we no longer would have to worry about war, famine, and the other junk.
It would disappear automatically.
That’s my two cents. Let me know what you think.
P.S. We try to model intelligent, sustainable businesses and adapt those things into our own stuff.
We also strive to be solid role models (especially for my daughter) in business.
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* Published on May 9, 2013