posted on Jun, 14 2008 @ 09:42 PM
Here's the thing:
Once you're over the age of 13 they're done with you. Once you hit puberty, your mind is your own and no longer is everything around you an
overwhelming and incomprehensible factor. If the damage is done, however, the oft-mocked "angsty teenager" is born. That's a great example of the
kind of brainwashing that's truly dangerous in America: today we mock it. Years past it was the last throes of childhood. Now it's something people
laugh at it, parody, and chide.
All the media cares about is what they can imprint into your subconscious. They know that it's going to be pointless to try and legitimately take
over somebody's brain while they're thinking for themselves. So the younger you are, the better the chances. This is clearly evidence in the general
demographic aim for television shows over the past decade. The early 1990's focused on gaining teenage audiences with shows about teenagers in high
school starring attractive twentysomethings. The early 2000's saw the rise of shows geared towards pre-teenage audiences (a demographic coined
"tweens") starring teenage actors who look vaguely fifteen 'til they're twenty five. Then they go to college.
This has been so successful because it in part created the movie-obsessed geeks of the 1980's and also media-obsessed youth of today. There are
numerous people aged 20-30, or even 30-40, who continue living affected by the same delusional fandoms that defined their teen years. Kids today are
less isolated in their obsessions (tough luck finding a Trekkie in 20 years) which is why it's so scary: they were subjected to idols that portrayed
a wide acceptance of pop culture. Generations before them had unrealistic expectations of romance. Generations today will have unrealistic
expectations of maturity.
All because of what they watched before they were old enough to know not to watch it.
We need to find a common ground with moralist groups, quite frankly. They of the "less sex, less violence on TV" fame might actually listen to THIS