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Does entertainment media today have a negative effect on society? Writing and essay on this, and would like to hear both side to the opinion. Thanks!

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Entertainment media does seem to cater to the lowest common denominator, meaning the lowest form. There are a lot of things that people think are interesting that others think are stupid. I can name a lot of television reality shows like that.

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I would agree strongly that much popular entertainment today is degrading, demeaning, violent, and often disgusting (not to put too fine a point on it). Sometimes this is true even of the commercials!  I've seen a huge change take place just since my youth, and it's hard to imagine what may be coming in the future. Fortunately, a lot of the older popular entertainment is still available on specialized cable TV channels. Comparing and contrasting that entertainment with much of the entertainment produced today would be an interesting way to work on your topic.

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I agree with post 4 that television has really changed drastically in the last 5 to 10 years.  When I was growing up, popular children's shows had a moral and a message.  Family shows...

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I would like to think that watching something violent relieves us of actually going out and doing something violent, but I'm not sure it's the case.  To many in this day and age - and I know I'm generalising, there is no sense of responsibility anymore, if someones watches something violent on the news to far too many people it's a license to go out and do it themselves, look at the recent riots in the UK - word spread through the social networking sites on mobile phones that places were being broken into a looted and others followed suit - because he did it I did.   How many times in the lives of bringing up children do we hear - he did it first?

 

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