Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wardrobe Malfunctions, Murder and Children's Values

Remember the reaction to Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl “wardrobe malfunction?” That one-second revelation created such a public furor that Congress, the FCC and the Supreme Court all got involved.

Most complaints about the incident emphasized that children were watching. Yet the average US child watches 8,000 murders on TV by the time they finish elementary school and this generates little public protest.

A glimpse of a breast is more damaging to children than watching thousands of murders? What is one to make of these priorities? What it points to is a moral cretinism that infests US culture. Objectively speaking only moral idiots think that murder as entertainment is tolerable while bare breasts are not. Yet, right now at least, such idiocy is pretty standard in America.

Sure, the argument is that kids know these TV murders are not real. And for normal kids at least, this is so. But what does a normal child learn by living in a culture that accepts murder as entertainment? And what do they learn about sexuality when a bare breast creates a national furor. They learn unworthy, fundamentally perverted values.

Preaching at kids does little to shape their values. Most of what shapes their sense of right and wrong is caught rather than taught That is to say, they absorb it just by living in a given environment. And what they are absorbing at the moment is unwise and unworthy of their promise.

To examine these and similar issues further, see articles at www.newfoundations.com

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