The Effects of Entertainment on Society – Negative Influences of Media

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(Last Updated On: April 22, 2019)

Preamble:

If you are like me, you dislike when people (or organizations) take advantage of others. Though this happens all the time and in many ways, the biggest modern strategy is to promote negative agendas wrapped in mind-blowing special effects and artistic excellence. Unfortunately, this can result in negatively influencing and creating wrong mindsets in some, namely children who become the future.

It is human nature to crave excitement in some form or fashion. This perhaps why we often compromise our standards, as we are fed a steady diet of toxic lifestyle habits. With careful analysis and reflection, we can see why these trends have become our present-day norms.

Now, since society is a reflection of the home, it’s our responsibility to counter-attack by equipping our children with high standards based on sound principles, values, good information, and our own experiences. These will help to offset much of the negative hurled at them on a daily basis.

Who or what will you allow to craft your children’s future? Will it be the wizards of negative entertainment and the media, or your awesome parenting skills?

According to Wikipedia, entertainment is all about grabbing the “attention and interest of an audience.” It also “brings pleasure and delight” (see here). With that powerful combination, some will take advantage of the opportunity to sow seeds in our minds (especially the young), with the intention of influencing how we all think. This is reflected in how, what and where we buy stuff, lifestyle habits, and the future of the next generation – our children.

So here come film financiers, agents, directors, producers, writers, actors, arrangers, singers, musicians… saying “What if we can inspire control others, promote our products, our ideologies, positive and negative. All we need to sell our story is a steady supply of super awesome talent. After all, it’s their responsibility to choose what they see and hear, right? But we will make it hard for them with our irresistible appeal and state of the art technology.”

Entertainment, apart from bringing pleasure and delight to an audience, and grabbing attention, sometimes its objective is to seize our minds and redirect our value system. Just pay attention to the difficulties with our youth (see here). 

We are seduced by entertainment and some have an insatiable desire for more, so it’s constantly churned out. Good for the industry, but bad for our future.

Entertainment may embellish life, provide an escape from a depressing reality while satisfying a personal fantasy by placing us on par with our “heroes,” – Or it may highlight certain trending aspects of life we find interesing. Whether negatively or positively, depends on our state of mind, the viewer.

Real life seems dull by comparison to the “reality” created in the entertainment realm

Why is negative entertainment so much a part of our culture despite its ability to impact our youth (see here)? What kind of impact does entertainment have on our society in the long term?

Negative entertainment has desensitized sex, murder, violence and has second-guessed integrity, spiritual and moral values. It has seemingly robbed the next generation of any values at all. However, the ability to pass on the baton of character, and integrity, 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 must take action!

Relationships – Our Most Important Investment

Father and son - impact of entertainment on relationships

The relationship is the most rewarding and fruitful union on earth and always will be. If we zero in – 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. They are a shared valuable investment we must all strive to protect.

We build houses and institutions to protect and nurture our relationships. There, we teach established principles and values based on spiritual, ethical, learned lessons . 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.

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 are obligated to play our part in protecting the future.

We Become What We Behold

We Become What We Worship

It is no secret that people tend to pattern their lives after their influences. Have you ever read the biographies of just about every accomplished person? I am sure you noticed 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.” The saying “One bad apple can spoil (influence) the (whole) ‘barrel” certainly applies here. The best way to communicate a negative is to package it with a lot of positive – especially when there is a hidden agenda. We have no control over what is produced by the entertainment industry so we have to exercise the only control we have…in our homes.

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.

How Does Media Influence Culture?

How does culture shape our identity? Now, isn’t it bad enough for negative influences in entertainment to offend us occasionally? Sadly, that’s not the case. 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 impression on our minds. Now we understand why so much goes into special effects and marketing of content.

What we allow to affect us depends on our belief system: 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;

  1. Profit:  – An entertainment industry driven by profit, will result in compromise and lower values – as there will be a requirement to please all. Eventually, society will mirror these values and merge them with real life
  2. Agendas:  – When the primary focus is to promote agendas that glorify a set of selfish unpopular ideas, concepts, and lifestyles, the society will deteriorate


Sex in Entertainment, Our Personal 4D Special Effect

Why is casual sex and infidelity promoted so much on TV, games, Ads, music, and entertainment in general? The answer is simple…because it sells and perhaps provides a rush for those who are expecting it as a “bonus” or some kind of treat.

Most people are so stimulated by sex, that it prompts them to respond emotionally. So whenever we are exposed to a sexual message in a song, a visual in a movie… we may experience tension. This tension can have varying adverse effects on people, causing some to act out inappropriaely.

For casual couples, this “treat” is likely to materialize at the end of the presentation if you catch my drift.

The entertainment 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 are of age
  • they want to
  • their faith/spiritual disposition, family’s or moral standards allow

Who gives the entertainment industry the right to determine your 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?

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 reflection our society that the entertainiment industry is capitalizing on?

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? The answers to these questions reveal the real motive behind any industry. Unfortunately, as with any other business, it’s mainly about money and influence, not about positively impacting society. That responsibility is left to us…

I believe any industry involved in wielding great psychological power over others, should have a higher accountability.  Do you?  

Media Influence: Positive And Negative Influences Of Media On Teenagers

The Effects of Negative Entertainment on the Youth

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There is astronomical research data that shows 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 abusive. Young people who are troubled  will be spured on by 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 stuff. People negatively affected by media will certainly be more complicated to deal with in the future… Now, with our relationships and society affected, what will we do?  How can we break these controls and re-focus our efforts on restoring good values again? How can we break free of the negative influences and the agendas of the entertainment industry?

Conclusion:

As individuals, we have been influenced by some of what we consumed over the years. Everything has affected us in one way or another but 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 God, principles, good values, and purpose. We are the defenders of our household. The future our loved ones get to inherit depends on us.

Try These Solutiions at Home

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.

– Turn off the computer

  • – if using it for work, assignments, 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 the occult

– 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 repurposed.

Please share your views below in the comments.


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7 Replies to “The Effects of Entertainment on Society – Negative Influences of Media”

  1. I have to agree that we live in a desensitized society where nothing seems to be off limits. Parents need to familiarize themselves with tools that decrease or eliminate the ability to view whatever their kids want.

    However, I do not think kids should be raised in a bubble. I still show my little nephew the old cartoons with bugs bunny smoking and being generally awesome! There is always a middle ground to reach, but it is hard to find that line.

    I write a lot about the necessity of identifying what it important to you as an individual so that money doesn’t outweigh people, as you say. If you can identify your WHY, you’ll be in a better position to develop the types of relationships that you seek.

    1. Hi Ernest! I appreciate your response. We try our best to shield our children as much as possible and of course we can’t protect them from everything. They will have to use their own discretion and lean on the values we impart. However, I believe we have to protect them as much as sensibly possible, especially with the kinds of deplorable agendas that target our children. 

      I sent two of my children to private school and even though they were in a more docile environment than the public system, they have matured into well-rounded strong young men with extremely good values and impeccable character. 

      Thanks for your comments. All the best!

  2. Hi David!

    Very nice and important topic.

    Having said, the relationship is actually everywhere around us. We are involved in all kinds of relationships. Cultural, sportive, musical, political, religious, institutional etc.

    We relate to everybody and everywhere. We relate to nature, universe, neighbors, micro and macro world, animals.

    We relate in schools, at the sports club, in the movie, at home, in the theater …you name it.

    Hope the relationship will get better worldwide.

    The relationship is basic to many things.

    Wish You and your family, along with your environment all the best and best relationship you may have.

    Regards.
    Igor

  3. Hi
    Yes David
    The entertainment world continues to destroy young minds and of course relationships but individuals must purpose that they will do whatever it takes to rid their personal environment of the negatives of such.

    I once watched a movie where a man was unable to overcome the ‘pull’ of pornography and in his desperation he took the computer outside and hacked it to pieces. I thought it was funny but there are times we have to go to such lengths to preserve our minds, sanity and relationships. However, we must be desperate enough to do this.

    I agree that too many families are controlled by the television and the internet and these are separating us. Visit any home today and each child, along with the parents, can be found engaging with a gadget. I totally agree with bringing back board games into the home, exercising and increasing sporting activities as a family. I welcome families socializing at picnics and family gatherings, talking and getting to know one another. But the funny thing is, families do all of these together but the gadgets still come out in the midst of all the celebrations. Wow! I guess we have to be definitely DESPERATE to defeat this giant!!!!

    1. Hi Sharon!

      Thanks for sharing. You are right about controlling our own personal space. Once we do that, external (negative) influences become ineffective. You have made some interesting points here. The bottom line is this; we have to be the masters of the created thing, not the other way around.

      David

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