The Death of Morality by Popular Culture

Morality, the first word of the dictionary for conservatives. Where morality comes into play, is with media content, and the control of media content. However, at this point is there any way to control media content anymore? With all of the media outlets we have today including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, SnapChat, Vine and more, free speech is all over the place. We can post pretty much anything on any media outlet now, and there is almost nothing anyone can do about it, especially the conservatives.

So where this fits in, is with the subject of “Content Distribution” from the textbook, where regulating for content diversity, morality, ratings, and warning, etc., fill the subject. Obviously, the topic I am focusing on here, is Regulating for Morality, and how there practically cannot be any regulation anymore on a daily basis.

From the text book, we receive a quote from Bob Dole in 1995, a current presidential candidate at the time “[O]ne of the greatest threats to American family values is the way our popular culture ridicules them. Our music, movies, television, and advertising regularly push the limits of decency, bombarding our children with destructive messages of casual violence and even more casual sex.” -Bob Dole, (Media/Society David Croteau & William Hoynes, 94). Thus, what I am saying is that for our popular culture and morality, there is no #regulation. And yes, our children probably are getting bombarded with the indecency. Go on Vine, or any other smartphone social media application and you will see provocative, and inappropriate dancing to the song “Grind On Me”, to Miley half naked Twerking with her tongue out.

Some background: one of the first criticized companies for failing with morality was Time Warner because of our popular culture in the 1990s. The reason for this, was the upcoming of “gangsta rap”. If that set of conservatives…I honestly do not want to know what they think of our music today. Indecency has become a fad, where cussing rap and thrusting our hips to songs is practically the cool thing to do when messing around with friends.

The point is: Morality is regulated with a hands-off approach (so not at all). So who benefits? Well us, the young ones controlling social media. Who is constrained? Well the conservative people in society (the oldies) and conservative-government as a whole, because they can’t really control what we do anymore in the sense of morality. It’s practically a new world. There are no suggestions that I can think of for regulating morality, because I think the freedom we have is good and really, really entertaining even with all of the twerking involved. Media has changed our popular culture, especially since the 1990’s, and although Bob Dole may be having a heart attack from exposure to our generation’s actions today within or on the media…morality is becoming much more lenient and I’m not sure if there’s anything we can do to stop it.

**Click on the linked phrases to see examples of the phrase it highlights , the videos are attached below as well if you want to see how we threw morality out the door!



3 thoughts on “The Death of Morality by Popular Culture”

  1. As a young person, I don’t see the harm of having less morality. I agree it’s very entertaining and I’d like to say I don’t think it has effected me negatively. But with that being said, I would like to see a long time study on the effects.

  2. You make a lot of good points in this post. I like how you take a good amount of time to discuss the impact of the “hands off” regulating, specifically how it has conservatives up in arms. In my opinion, morality is so subjective that the only fair way to regulate it is through this hands off technique. The one point that I want to slightly contradict you on is your very last sentence. I believe that rather than morality becoming more lenient, people are becoming more open to ideas that were before seen as immoral. Thus, it is not morality that is changing, but rather people themselves.

  3. Interesting view on the cost of pop culture and expanding Internet outlets. It’s true that content can no longer really be regulated in a very effective way. Take for example The point of the website is half to release new music and music videos, and half a page people can go to watch raw footage of fights, verbal abuse, stripping and other unsavory human behavior. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that we have more freedom of speech? It could be downgrading our natural standards and morals.

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