This past week my roommate and I spent some time surfing Netflix. I was so chuckles looking through all of the old movies that were available. I laughed at what I used to watch and how lame the cinematography and story lines are now.
It was also kind of bittersweet.
There were old movies of suspense and drama that affected my heart and life 15 years ago – well at least I thought that stuff was scary. However, the graphics we are exposed to today are really terrifying.
I remember when I heard the B word on TV for the first and responding so wide eyed!
Now, there is not much that can’t be said or shown in the media. We see sex and violence everyday on our TV and movie screens. One of my rule of thumbs used to be that if a series was being aired on one of the prime time channels that it would be “safe” to watch. Today, this is far from the truth.
I can’t believe what is being permitted on prime time channels! Or can I?
I feel like we are becoming a culture that is more and more numb to what is right and wrong. I don’t know many people who wince at violence or sexual graphics anymore. It is only getting worse. I watched a new TV show the other day and was shocked by how much gory detail was allowed to be shown – and this on a prime time channel! I can’t believe how far we’ve come.
So when does it stop?
When do we say enough is enough? When do we say that this is what crossing the line means? When do the lines of right and wrong come back into view? How do we get back to the place of valuing intimacy and sex? Where did we lose the value of human life?
It makes me worried for the day where what is played out in our media becomes not scary, violent, or revealing enough. I am scared for the next level.
I would love to know how TV and movies have changed for you.
Do you feel like you are desensitized to what you are exposed to in our media?
Is what you are exposed to bother you less then is used to?
How do you think our culture has changed from 10 or even 5 years ago?