Unless cooler heads begin to prevail and we start realistically ratcheting down this extreme approach to expressing our frustrations, I fear our society is well down a path we do not want to be on.
In retrospect when you compare the information we were exposed to in the “olds days” of programming for both entertainment and society education value, shows like “Leave it to Beaver”, “My Three Sons”, Ozzie and Harriet” , I Love Lucy” or a movie like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” , we could laugh and reinforce valuable life lessons. Compared to what we digest today as entertainment and acceptable societal behavior, sexual innuendo filled comedies beginning at 8pm in what use to be considered the family hour, mature rated video games for their extreme violence, violent packed movies that continue to portray a realism through special effects, is it any wonder why we are frustrated when real life starts to replicates the thing we gravitate to for entertainment? When our elected leaders, sports heroes, movie/television stars act in outrageous ways and we glorify the extreme and bizarre in society how can expect to see a future filled with anything but what we digest when we are entertaining ourselves?
In years gone by we had censors controlling the information we received and we all railed against censorship in favor of freedom of expression. I’m not suggesting we return to those days, but we must realize that we are becoming a product of our own creation. We need to reacquire our moral and social compass in order to put ourselves and our world back on a less destructive course and once again find the peaceful satisfaction with the world we all share.
Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.