Eureka! And the answer is …
We’ve come to use the word media as a means of communications (radio, television, newspapers, magazines, the internet) that influence people. One question that niggles all of us from time to time is how much influence “media” has on the American people, our culture, and/or our national psyche.
I did a cursory investigation, and what I learned was that less than ten companies control all media sources in the United States. These include, in general ranking, the Walt Disney Company, NBC-Universal/Comcast, Time-Warner, Viacom-CBS, Sony America Corporation, and Seagram’s (yes, the whiskey company).
Their involvement in films, music, television, radio, newspapers, magazines, Internet and social communications platforms roughly equal 75% of the total of American media offerings.
Six companies in control of everything that impacts American society. It is interesting to see who controls these companies. They are mostly self-loathing, American-hating Jews. I could go on to discuss the filth in films, decadent lyrics in music, anti-American television broadcasting and newspapers, television productions that must include a percentage of homosexuals, transgenders, and at least several psychopathic and well-tattooed and pierced but “funny” characters.
I might even mention the incident where Disney was caught transmitting subliminal messages to our children —which over several years of debate, has convinced parents that there’s nothing to worry about because, after all, colonialism was really a very bad thing. Besides, what pre-teen doesn’t think about sex?
But then it occurred to me that media companies may not be the problem. They only deliver what “the people” demand —what they are willing to pay for. It’s been going on for a while, now. I remember my mother plopping me down in front of the black and white television when she wanted to do things without having me under foot.
Today, parents provide their young children with video games that allow the player to rape and murder animated characters. Cell phones are now minicomputers, so the kids can entertain themselves for hours on end, releasing parents to do their own cell phone thing.
We can even have verbal fights on Twitter, and never worry about someone punching us in the nose for being rude or obnoxious. And we wonder what happened to our society. We moan about what’s happened to the America of our youth.
What happened to our country was atrocious parenting. This, too, is nothing new; instead of having an abusive father who we feared might beat the crap out of us for misbehaving, we have abusive fathers who simply ignore us. And Mom? We won’t be receiving any “motherly advice” from modern Mom. She’s on the cell phone, too.
All of this leads me to the conclusion, in agreement with my Internet friend Bunkerville, that it’s too late to save America. It’s already gone —not coming back. But as much as we want to blame “media” for our abysmal state of affairs, it really does boil down to parenting —or lack of it.
How am I wrong?