TV’s Provocative Nature: Harming Children’s Innocent Minds

Sex Yeah

“Nothing is provocative anymore
Even for kids
No room for imagining
‘Cause everyone’s seen everything”

Cover for the song 'Sex Yeah' by Marina and the Diamonds.

Cover for the song ‘Sex Yeah’ by Marina and the Diamonds.

Sex Yeah is a song by Marina and the Diamonds and portrays EXACTLY what I am getting at in this blog. We no longer see media as provocative because we are becoming accustomed to seeing half dressed women, hearing dirty songs, and watching inappropriate scenes on TV.

“Nothing is provocative anymore” is true. We are beginning to see it as normal because a provocative culture surrounds us. Shows nowadays can also be deceiving, because what may look kid- friendly may actually be inappropriate. Take South Park and Family Guy (which has an ironic theme song for the content on the show) for example. Both are cartoons, which in my mind correlate with children, but neither of the shows are family friendly.

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South Park is rated MA for mature, although it appears to be a decent show with friendly cartoon characters.

 

 

 

 

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Family Guy is rated for ages 14 and up, but again the name and appearance do not portray how vulgar the show actually is.

TV Trouble:

Another problem with the increasing difficulty in finding family shows to watch, is finding family music to listen to. Not only are the lyrics far beyond what a child needs to hear now days, but the music videos are also, very inappropriate. A known example is Miley Cyrus’s video Wrecking Ball.

A UK news source called Mirror reported, “Children are copying the provocative dance moves and sexual song lyrics of pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Rihanna, with some understanding their meanings by the age of just FIVE.” This is a huge problem we need to address, because not only are the kids getting information that is beyond their age, they are also copying it. These girls are who they look up to and that can be very dangerous at such a young age.

“Research by University of South Australia academic Lesley-Anne Ey found direct links between what children watch on television and how they dress and behave.” Kids are surrounded by media, and being a tech savvy generation, they are going far beyond what their parents know they are doing. Many kids copy what they see and allow the hyper sexuality of media to influence their daily decisions. This is resulting in an unnfortunate End of Innocence, which is an article describing the cost of sexualizing kids with a focus in Salt Lake City.

For more information check out The University of Michigan’s article on  on the the effects of Television on Children.

My Input:

To get a better understanding of how much really has changed in the past few decades, I interviewed employees at Georgia Cancer Specialist, one being a Pastor, to see the variety of opinions. What I found in everyone I interviewed was the same. Most had parental blocks on their TV, they were upset at how much media has changed, and also some believed that TV needed to be better regulated to keep children from seeing things they should not see.

Watch for yourself and see if you agree:

 

 

 

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media

Social Media is EVERYWHERE! But how do you use it the right way?

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Help from David:

David Dubois explains it like a coffee shop. Everyone has a favorite coffee shop, if they drink the stuff. But, why is this particular place your favorite? Is it the people, scene, coffee? Think about it and then compare it to a social network site.

coffeeYou want your site to be yours viewers favorite place it. Make it their  virtual hangout with fresh, hot content, just like you like your coffee!

Also, keep timelines in mind… you don’t want to wait hours for that cappuccino, so don’t make your audience wait for a response either. Interaction is a key in social media and if we maintain a quick response, viewers are likely to come back, satisfied.

Share your content:

Great content is key, but without anyone aware of it, what’s the point? It is very important to get your content out there. Make it widely distributed, BUT be careful that you match the environment you are in. Don’t hand out a hot pink, heart shaped flyer at a football game, save that for Valentine’s day. Adding humor or emotion will also appeal to an audience. Also, give your advertisement practical value and people will be more likely to connect with you.

Use the appropriate type of Social Media:

The Kelley School of Business teaches us that some sites are for connecting existing relationships, like Skype, whereas others are to bond strangers in a social media relationship, like blogs. Make sure you are using the right outlet for your type of message. Building relationships is important for bloggers, which relates back to David when we mentioned replying in a timely manner. By building new relationships, new communities can form that wouldn’t have outside of media because of distance perhaps. Social media is a great outlet to connect will all types of people in all types of places.

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The Honey Comb of Social Media allow you to see the building blocks of social media, not all have to be used, but they are here to allow us to make sense of how different levels of social media functionally can be configured- Kelley School of Business

The 4 C’s:

Lastly, remember the four C’s.

  1. Cognize: recognize and understand your social media landscape
  2. Congruity: develop strategies that are in correlation with the goals of the firm
  3. Curate: Act as the curator of your content and interactions
  4. Chase: Constantly chase information, keep that coffee fresh and hot

Good luck!

Provocativeness: Part of Daily Life

Elvis the Pelvis

When you think of Elvis what do you think?

  • The King of Rock and Role
  • Singer
  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • A hunk of burning love?
Elvis and his provocative dance moves in the 1950s.

Elvis and his provocative dance moves in the 1950s

Yes, all of these things come to mind, but do you think provocative? Mostly no, because compared to today he is not at all, but in the the 1950s he shocked America. He aired on a family friendly show called “The Ed Sullivan Show” three times. After his first two appearances parents were uneasy about the way he moved his hips. They were not happy that their children were exposed to this. So, the people in charge of the show decided only to film him from above the waist to, make the “worried adults feel safer and more secure with “Elvis the Pelvis”, while the kids of America could still enjoy watching even “half” of their sworn idol”.

Parents Now

Parents were not only concerened about what their kids then, but they are now as well. In 2008 Diane E. Levin, Ph.D.and Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. appeared on the today show to discuss their book So Sexy So Soon. It is a guide for parents who don’t know what to do in this day and age when kids are exposed to so much provocativeness through media.

Newsweek also wrote about the rising problem of provocative media for children titled: Sex and the Single Tween. They commented, “Over the past two decades, the rise of the Internet and social media initiated a dramatic shift in popular culture: Almost everything that could be sexualized has been sexualized, producing a new generation of girls racing toward womanhood before even finishing puberty. The result terrifies many adults: American women, age tween”.

This is a rising problem and will only get worse if we allow it to continue. Famous icons are a huge influence on children as well. One that stands out to me is Miley Cyrus. She began her career on Disney Channel being Hannah Montana. She was loved by kids and a huge role model. Since leaving Disney, she has become inappropriate for any child and even too vulgar for some teens. Miley would not have a good impact on children if they were to continue to look up to her as a role model as she twerks and dances inappropriately on stage. CNN also reported on Miley’s change and brought parents into the question of if they would allow their children to see her perform.

Miley Cyrus's transformation from the kid friendly Hannah Montana to provocative everything

Miley Cyrus’s transformation from the kid friendly Hannah Montana to provocative everything

My Point of View and Slide Show:

Media is everywhere and it is a shame that children are exposed to so many sexual and vulgar images in their day to day lives. I put together a slideshow of a few things I noticed as going too far from: video games, movies, music videos, and magazines. The content is X rated in my book and should be way less accesible to children.

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Also a relevant YouTube video:

Pay Attention: Notice How Provocative Media Culture is

An on screen sex scene from the movie No Strings Attached

An on screen sex scene from the movie No Strings Attached

Advertisements are the center of our world. Every day we see them, hear them, and talk about them. A prime example, the Superbowl commercials. Some of us watch it just for the commercials. But, do we take the time to think about what we are seeing? The honest answer is no.  Most of us don’t think twice about 3000 advertising messages we see a day.

After reading my blog, I hope that will change. I want you to be aware of what is surrounding you. I want you to think twice before you leave the room with a child unattended and the TV on. I want you to take a stand against the vulgar, hyper-sexual, American advertisements in this day and age.

The Dick Van Dyke show. Notice how the husband and wife are in separate beds.

The Dick Van Dyke show. Notice how the husband and wife are in separate beds.

 

Have you heard of the The Dick Van Dyke Show? I hadn’t until I began my research. This show aired in the 60’s and when the married couple was shown in their bedroom on television, they were in separate twin beds. Them in bed together was too  inappropriate for Television. Wow… a lot has changed in 50 years.

 

 

Our current television shows  not only reveal sexual references, but also vulgar titles. Dating Naked, 16 and Pregnant, Sex in the City, just to name a few. We have not only changed the content, but also become unfazed by the vulgar show titles. How is it okay to have these titles and advertisements play when young children may be listening and exposed to it?

MTV's 16 and pregnant is a reality show about teenagers having babies and trying to raise them while being kids themselves.

MTV’s 16 and pregnant is a reality show about teenagers having babies and trying to raise them while being kids themselves.

TV is not the only dramatic change. We have a desensitized  our audience so drastically that music, advertisements, movies, video games, etc are all inappropriate. We have parental blocks on the TV and internet, and have created ratings for movies and games. M for mature. “You must be 18 or over to view this site. Are you 18, Yes or No?” That’s a great defense mechanism. Really keeps the kids out. I find it just shocking how much kids are exposed to today and do not feel that it is appropriate for this to be happening. Throughout my blog I will explore all of the areas mentioned above and show how big of a change has been made and how nice it would be if we could reverse it. I want the word conservative brought back into circulation.

Out With the Old and in With the New: Media and Advertisements

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“UGH” our instant reaction when we see long paragraphs. “How many pages?” our first question when assigned reading. We have become creatures who only desire  instant gratification and crave short and to the point information. Because of this, we have become fans of the inverted paragraph.

The Inverted Paragraph:

Reading is hard for alinverted-pyramidl of us in this day and age. We look at words and just skim right over them. Because of this, the inverted pyramid has become the go-to with digital media. It is a system where the most important information is placed at the top and decreases in importance as the story goes on. Lynda Felder emphasizes in her book Writing for the Web that each paragraph should be based on the inverted pyramid as well as the whole essay (123).

New News:

With media being taken over by the web, we are leaving behind our ways of the past. Brain Carroll states in his bookWriting and Editing for Digital Media, “Newspapers     [are] the fastest shrinking U.S. industry” (212).newspaper-illo21

We no longer yearn for static information; interaction is what we crave. “We Media” is what we have become. We are literally part of the media. We comment, share, post, and have a part in what is going on. With more people online and a greater access to media however, we must be more alert.

Watch Out:

With everyone having access to the internet and breaking news instantly available, we must be careful what we trust. There are many false “breaking news stories”. One easy way to detect them is that anonymously sourced reports carry a high risk of being wrong according to BreakingNews.com (239). Also, do not trust anonymous comments. Some sites are even forbidding them. Huffington Post ,for example, makes users sign into Facebook or enter credit cared information to verify their identifty before commenting. This ensures that the comments don’t get out of hand. For my blog, I will be personally managing comments to ensure they are appropriate.

A Trustworthy Story:

How to tell if a story is trustworthy starts with ethos. We must trust the author and they must prove themselves credible to us. Check out their about me page, see if they have connections to other pages or previous credible work, and lastly how does their story look?

Elements of a good story:

Some things to think about while reading.

Does the story:

  • Start in the middle, and is it filled with action?Woman working at computer
  • Begin with a hook,  are you are instantly intrigued?
  • Use beautiful language like descriptive adjectives?
  • Does each paragraph ends with a cliff hanger, keeping you interested?
  • Is the Narration, Description and Explanation clear?

For the explantation in my upcoming blogs I will be following Lynda Felder’s advice by comparing and contrasting my ideas point by point. She recommends this because organization for the web is easiest this and also it creates short paragraphs which, as you know, readers prefer.

In Summary:

Types and techniques of news have changed just like advertisements and cultural norms have over the years. It is not news to us that newspapers are declining in popularity, but have we noticed that our conservative nature is too? Have we noticed that the word “news” has skewed from focusing on world issues  to focusing on what Kim Kardashian is wearing? Have we noticed how big of a change is occurring not in just the way we advertise, but in what we advertise? I have, and will be sharing my findings about this change in my blog. You can find it under Multimedia Projects.