(Last Updated On: January 18, 2019)
If you are like me, you dislike when people (or organizations) abuse others by promoting their negative agendas. And by negative I mean anything that can potentially create hostile and unhealthy habits/attitudes, over time. The solution? We must develop good character and solid personal standards based on sound instruction, values, and principles. These will counteract much of the negative hurled at us on a daily basis, as we strive to become better human beings.
According to Wikipedia, entertainment is all about grabbing the “attention and interest of an audience” and it also “brings pleasure and delight” (see here). With that powerful combination, some will take advantage of the opportunity to plant seeds in young minds (especially), with the intention of manipulating the future.
So here comes a full cast of advertisers, marketers, producers, writers, actors, crew, singers, musicians, entrepreneurs with “Why let all that power go to waste? What if we can
inspire control others, promote otherwise unpopular ideologies; support both positive and negative agendas. All we need to sell our story is a steady supply of super awesome talent. After all, it’s their (your) responsibility to choose what they see and hear, right? But we will make it hard for them (you) with our irresistible appeal.”
Yes, I know there’s also good wholesome entertainment out there, thank you, but it’s getting harder to find. Please recommend in the comments below.
Entertainment, apart from bringing pleasure and delight to an audience, and grabbing attention, sometimes, its objective is to seize our minds and redirect our purpose – but at our own expense and sacrifice. Just check the problems concerning our youth (see here). We are seduced by entertainment and desire it more and more, so it’s constantly churned out. Good for the industry, but bad for our children’s future.
For us, it may embellish reality, satisfy personal fantasies by identifying with our “heroes,” (in the form of actors, singers, musicians etc.) or it may educate about diverse matters of life – whether negatively or positively depends on our state of mind – the consumer.
The question is, why is negative entertainment so much a part of our culture despite its ability to negatively impact our children, our youth, our future (see here)? What kind of impact does entertainment have on our society in the long term?
Real life seems dull by comparison to the “reality” created in the entertainment realm
Negative entertainment has desensitized sex, murder, violence and has second-guessed integrity, spiritual and moral values. They have seemingly robbed the next generation of much to stand on. However, the ability to pass on the baton of character, and courage is still within our power. It’s never too late. We can still do our part to enrich the future outcome of those we have charge over. We can do this by taking action!
Relationships are Most Important Investments
The relationship is the most powerful fruitful union on earth and always will be. If we zero in some more, marriage and the family. If we zoom out to see the result of the fruit of all this over time, our society and the world. Relationships define who we are as a society and are a common valuable investment we must strive to safeguard.
We build houses and institutions to protect and nurture our relationships. There, we teach established principles and values based on spiritual, ethical, learned lessons and education. This results in a culture that allows people and their way of life to be nourished and passed on to the ensuing generation in due time. This is the garden of human existence in a nutshell.
We need to pay attention to what we allow to influence our relationships and society at large. Warped perceptions and models of relationships and “values” handed down to us, shouldn’t dictate or define us. We are responsible for our own standards in spite of what is being constantly shoved at us. We, with God’s help, are the guardians of our own fate.
We Become What We Idolize or Allow to Influence Us
It is no secret that people tend to pattern their lives after their influences. Have you ever read the biographies of great writers, actors, musicians, sports figures and just about every “accomplished” person? I am sure you would have seen many names mentioned as the reason for their inspiration. So, yes, our influences are powerful factors in our lives.
We are the sum of all our influences and our decisions to date. We must choose our influences carefully if they’re to eventually bring about greatness in us. For too long, we have seen the effects of negative influences on people and the distasteful fruit it bears.
You may be saying, but isn’t there positive too?
Yes, there is. However, it is well-known that packaging the “good” with the “bad” doesn’t lessen the impact of the “bad.” That saying “One bad apple can spoil (influence) the (whole) ‘barrel” certainly applies here. As a matter of fact, the best way to communicate a negative is to package it with a lot of positive – especially, when there is a hidden agenda. I am sure lots of examples come to mind, so you get why the effects of entertainment on society is one of great concern.
The things we seek to protect our investment in our relationships from are the same things entertainment glorifies. No wonder we struggle to raise our children, the hope of the future. Of course, nothing in this world is perfect so we will have to deal with other things we disapprove of as they happen.
The Power of Influence, Greed and Persuasion
Now, isn’t it bad enough for negative influences in entertainment to bombard us? Sadly, that’s not the only challenge. These effects are designed to be long-lasting and are also crafted by
- the art of persuasion
- psychological analyses and research
- great packaging inclusive of;
- paraphernalia – for creating and sustaining a movement that will last beyond the event
- video games – gain followers and sustain the brand
- websites/social media – promote social interaction, influence trends, build numbers, create buzz, influence through shares and “likes”
- corporate partnerships – general advertising, promotion on cereal boxes etc.
- billboards – general promotion and awareness
- trailers/promos – build excitement and gain followers
All powerful tools that further reinforce the impact on our minds. Giving any “audience” more than they want is a great bargain and value for money but it can also be a vehicle that drives compromise and deception. Now we understand why so much goes into special effects and the packaging (marketing) of content.
What we allow to affect us depends on our belief system. It depends on our agreement and conformity to spiritual and moral stimuli, the guidance and teachings of authority figures and our common sense. However, an imbalance exists between societal standards and personal values when powerful people dictate what society needs – and with little thought about what others think. This is usually driven by two things;
- Profit: – When a market is driven by profit alone, then compromise and poor values reign. Sadly, the byproduct is recklessness inherited by the society and ingrained in its culture.
- Agendas: – When the primary focus is to promote agendas that glorify a set of selfish unpopular ideas, concepts, and lifestyles, the society again inherits the fruit
“Understandably” from a marketing perspective, entertainment advertised for the whole family (or rated “G”), doesn’t sell anymore. That’s why most movies are rated at least PG-13 just to be taken seriously by the market.
Sex, Entertainment, and Our Free Built-In 4D Special Effect
Why is casual sex and infidelity promoted so much on TV, games, Ads, music and in entertainment in general? The answer is simple…because it sells. It seems that we have become so motivated by money (and sex), that it fuels our desire to buy into its lure.
It’s also because the industry benefits from a free, available built-in 4-D special effect in us humans.
It leverages the natural passion, sensations of sexual arousal and imagination in humans. Who doesn’t want to be sexually aroused, right? Hence, they meet market-demands and provide a solution. Supply and perceived demand. Their unspoken message is loud and reads like this;
Let’s satisfy some human needs (not humane) and cater to the fantasies of some at the expense of others. We will promote our own values whether they meet accepted decent criteria or not. We will set up our own boundaries. We don’t care whether you approve.
The problem is that all humans are caught in that sexual net whether;
- they want to
- their faith/spiritual disposition, family’s or moral standards allow
Who gives the entertainment industry the right to determine our personal values? We may not allow them those rights in our physical homes and space but they sure have the freedom to do what they do. Let’s consider this though…
The things we probably don’t do in our own homes, we allow them to do via the entertainment network. Think about that for a moment. Who has greater authority in your home?
Is the Entertainment Industry a Reflection of Society: Or is it Market Driven?
Are they solely responsible for what they dish out or do we have a part to play?
Are the negative influences of entertainment merely a
Are they simply responding to market demands? If they are, is it OK to meet those demands knowing that they may be glorifying or adding to the problem? Shouldn’t they be offering solutions or are they mainly meeting market demands? The answers to these questions reveal the real motives and priority behind any industry. Unfortunately, as with any other business, it’s mainly about money and influence, not about impacting society.
I believe any industry involved in wielding great psychological power over others, should have a higher accountability. Do you?
The Effects of Negative Influences and Entertainment on Society, Namely our Youth
There is astronomical research data out there that shows that we are seeing the results of our youth acting out because of the negative influences presented by various entertainment sources. Namely, movies, music citing exposure to violence, illicit sex, misrepresentation of normalcy, and pushed from every corner. What makes this more frightening is when the environment at home is an abusive one. Then there is no escape for those troubled ones when they engage in this form of negative entertainment.
It is said that by the time an ordinary teenager is 18, they would have witnessed about 16,000 murders and 200,000 acts of violence on TV. That’s nothing to do with gaming in which the occurrences are even greater per time spent playing.
Now that’s serious if those reports are true. People negatively affected by media will certainly be more complicated to deal with. Our relationships and our society would have been affected, so what do we do? How can we break these controls and re-focus our efforts on restoring good values in one another again? How can we break free of the negative influences and the agendas of the entertainment industry?
It is possible that we have been partly molded by what we have consumed over the years, yes, but don’t fear. Everything has affected us in one way or another and it’s not always bad. It has made us who we are today. In spite of the negatives, there were also some positives that kept us steadfast.
Some of those negatives taught us how to be strong and provided great opportunities for us to showcase our integrity and character…If we have paid any attention to life; then what we have learned should put us in a place to protect others from unnecessary harm.
Now, this topic has already shaped our present and will continue to define our future, so, we must be concerned. What we watch and listen to can shape our mindset and affect how we function and relate to others.
We must do our best to protect those we love from casual influences. The negative effect of entertainment on society is strong but we must be governed by principles, good values, and purpose. We are the defenders of our household. The future our loved ones get to inherit depends on us.
Here are some solutions.
These steps are simple, but “hard.” They guarantee results!
Below, is a guideline you can use to restructure your life and improve values and quality time in your relationships. Enhance it however you like. Once everyone is on board, the result of doing this can be phenomenal if you manage to pull it off.
– Turn off the TV(s)
– if using it for approved family entertainment, fine- if using it to enhance a family meeting, fine.
– Turn off the computer
- – if using it for work, fine
- – if using for assignments, fine
- – a little fun, fine
But don’t overdo.
– Remove access and unsupervised exposure to negative entertainment from your underaged children
- Yes, that includes removing devices or internet and cable access from bedrooms (unless you can properly monitor them)
– Read positive books that promote love, forgiveness, sharing, general education, good values
– Have regular family meetings and plan your own entertainment
– Exercise and increase sporting activities
– Pay attention to the type of music being listened to. Much of it is counter-productive and promotes promiscuity, rebellion, and Satanism
– Spend quality time talking about the future and what is important to you
– Play board games
Do this and watch your relationships improve and the quality of life become joyous and more meaningful. Life will also seem more like an eternity as time is redeemed and reallocated
Please share your views below in the comments.