Toxic Culture

My feeling is that mass media and commercial entertainment exert a pervasive and negative effect on our culture. I could cite any number of examples of media that I would view as destructive, but let me first define my terms.

When I discuss popular culture and media, I am thinking of television, cinema, popular music, etc -- entertainment designed for consumption by large audiences by commercial sponsors.

It seems to me that media of this type target our basest instincts and negatively reinforce our development. I think that people who consume large amounts of media become less thoughtful and self-reflective over time, make poorer choices, and are less likely to develop virtues of character. I also think media numb our natural empathy and compassion for others, and encourage us to seek affirmation and success in destructive ways.

By keeping us constantly distracted, I also think that media dampen our creative and innovative output. I think that society as a whole is made poorer when our fellow citizens' minds and creative talents are tied up by the consumption of entertainment.

Toxic Culture Toxic Culture Reviewed by Kanthala Raghu on August 29, 2014 Rating: 5

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