THE MEDIA’S INFLUENCE ON SOCIETAL MORALS
The significance of the media is basically to inform, educate, and entertain. As a result the society depends on the media for same. In the entire media syndrome the electronic media, particularly the television has more of an upper hand with regards to its audio and visual properties. To this end, many people are more attached to television broadcast and this from my perception has had both negative and positive influence on the morals of our today’s society, considering the fact that what we see have more impact or impression on our being than just what we hear.
Apparently for one to appear on television it is considered a big deal and the one is regarded to be important and people have this tendency to copy or act accordingly from what they have watched especially from those considered Stars, Celebrities regular on TV SHOWS.
Our children for instance with the busy nature of most parents in our modern society are more glued and totally dependent on the TV screen; this however occupies them and their parents are equally chance to carryout a certain chores or get some rest. Some of these children are so immune to the TV so much so that they don’t have time or interest for any thing else or hurry up in what ever they do or are not steady when they are trying to have their shower or having their meals because they are so eager to be in front of the screen. Some even no longer concentrate on their school work, it is this bad.
I’m definitely in the know about modern techniques of parental discretion to be able to control what our children watch, but surprisingly I have had the privilege to hear children use certain words which are sometimes abusive and immoral especially those that have not started school then I wonder how they came about such words and to my surprise watching some of their programs and animated shows inclusive I realised those words like ‘YOU STINK’ ‘MAMA’S BUTT’, ‘STUPID’, ‘ASSHOLE’ are actually used.
We hear news of youths even as young as four years using real guns and killing, I for one wondered initially on how they had access to the gun in the first place and how they got the skills to operate it. I guess the answer is not farfetched- because of toy guns and programs they watch on television.
Some months back I read an internet report of a teenager who shot his parents because they seized his video game which his father a Clergy thought it was not appropriate for him. He went in to their room and asked them to close their eyes for he had a surprise and ignorant of their predicament they did what their lovely son demanded and he shot at them both on the head. The mom died instantly and the father was badly injured. The boy fled the scene with just the video game he had dug and discovered where it was hidden.
Even so, there are many programs aired and I ponder about the focus or intended outcome of such programs even those rated for adults. Adults can also be influenced negatively after watching some of these mean and outrageous programs.
I am quite aware the Television has many programs and one has the free will or mind to watch what he or she chooses but again naturally bad stuff have more popularity than good stuff thereby attracting and tempting more audience view.
My point therefore is that, if Producers of programs can bare in mind some of these negative aspects and air just programs with positive and proper information, education and entertainment, then I strongly uphold our fallen social moral rectitude could be revived making our society and world a better place- one free from abusive children, drug abuse and the inclination of unhealthy habits like cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption. Honestly speaking, if our children are groomed in a more responsible and civil manner then we are sure of a more prospective and decent future in the generations to come.