I am the first one to admit our culture is coarsening. But that the internet is the main, first source seems to have come quite late to the party.
Our culture has become coarsened because there is no adherence to societal mores, there are no “manners” any more, no rules of good behavior. Until the 1950’s people, at least most people, were expected to act in a certain way. Words like respect, integrity, honesty, and patriotism hadn’t lost their meaning. People actually believed in “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Most peoples lives were influenced more by religion than by “culture warriors”.
Then came the twin disasters known as Korea and Vietnam-wars we should have won but we’re too tired and too fed up to deal with. TV spread it’s influence and with it filth far and wide. Am I saying TV is bad, no. Am I saying TV as coarsened our culture, absolutely. It has made bad behavior not just acceptable but prevalent. By focusing on the worst in human nature instead of promoting the best TV has done what nothing else has been able to, bring America to the brink of destruction. We are all pretty much sewer dwellers now. With a steady diet of adultery, thievery, dishonesty, and a marked distain for anything that even smacks of the divine (and I’m just talking here about the reality shows for the moment) Americans have become weeds that bend with whatever new atrocity the media choses to blow at them.
TV in itself is not evil. It’s those who produce, market and glorify the least common denominator. It’s a cultural redistribution of wealth and as we’ve been told before, all that happens in that case is everyone becomes poor. Cable and satellite have simply exacerbated the already putrid problem. The subject of movies does not even need to be gone into further. The filth and stupidity passing itself off as “art” make the stomach turn and the mind reel. I’m not talking about bad films, poorly made , no plot, horrible acting. I’m talking about films lauded for their realism, their cutting edge, their “pushing of the envelope”. Those are the real cultural battles we didn’t even try to fight thus losing by default.
The all out war on religion and by extension those who are religious needs a mention. Religion, helps to guide men to a higher existence, muslim extremism aside. It provides guidelines and boundaries for societal behaviors. Religion encourages man to become more than he is, at least those founded on doing good to others do. By throwing the religious baby out with the bath water society has not simply opened the floodgates of secular humanism but broken the dam and we are awash in a flood of septic, parasitic, soul melting debris that will drown, harm and harass our country for years to come.
As with all technology the internet “can be used for good”. Just like everything else it is the user who control the trajectory. We can either govern ourselves or we will find ourselves governed. That in a nutshell is Sharia law “man for his own good must be governed stringently”.
Me I chose to govern me and let the rest of the world go to the equator in a row boat. Have a good trip. Don’t write.