Are you like Ned Flanders, who lives under a social rock and is offended by everything? If so...what do you watch? Because Hollywoods assault on the family structure makes viewing anything other than the Hallmark channel just about impossible. And have you ever actually watched the Hallmark chann-
...oh sorry I dozed off there.
Are you somewhere in the middle like I am, and when you see things you think need explaining, you do so and basically handle movies and TV on a case-by-case basis? Explaining that things are not real, and that that action sequence was pretty much impossible, and trusting that your kid is fairly intelligent, and cringe every time something bad happens and the media blames the Grand Theft Auto franchise?
Do you just let it all go, and hope your kid doesn't become the next Ed Gein all by him or herself? Just a cursing, and boob flashing and brains being blown out into a big bright future?
Maybe it's not that great a comparison, because that guy was mentally ill anyway to start with, but all those books and comics about cannibals he read constantly couldn't have helped, right? Or did they not matter because he was part crazy to begin with? Also, the Gein case happened in the 1940's. Let's keep that in mind.
If you believe media has that strong an influence, it's also important to realize violence in media is not new, though it may have been more tame back in the day, the idea that it influences kids and people is not new, so how far back can you go with it? Should the Hallmark channel be the only thing allowed on TV?
Obviously I'd like to hear more from people in a parental role. It really does change your perspective on things, and I think make you a little more aware of the dangers of the world. Of course, you're all welcome to run your yaps.