Whose Fault is Toxic ‘Entertainment’?

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A reader says I ought to be more frightened by what I write about than I seem to be. I am rarely accused of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses–but let’s address the matter.

The issue is toxic “entertainment” and who is responsible for it, the producers or the consumers. The reader says the garbage flowing out of Hollywood is what the public wants, and that producing better “entertainment” will have no effect on a culture that’s already rife with decay and hungry for more. I don’t consider this an unreasonable position, but I can’t quite bring myself to agree with it. Maybe I don’t want to.

I believe there are several factors at work. Hollywood is full of big, important, powerful people who have given themselves over to the dark side and will produce toxic crapola even if no one wants to buy it, because that’s their mission in life. And there are those who believe that unless the movies, TV shows, comic books, or music videos they make are dirty and lurid, no one will take them seriously: never rule out sophomoric immaturity as a force in the culture. If it’s ugly, wrong, diseased, warped, or filthy… why, then it’s “realistic”! And we are all “adults” for producing it… or watching it. How many people go to a movie because they’ve heard it’s really dirty and they want their friends to think they’re sophisticated and cool? I mean, I do know people who went to see Brokeback Mountain not because they had a hankering to watch cowboys doing sodomy, but because they only wished to impress themselves or others. Once in my youth I went to see a really stupid dummkopf movie called Carnal Knowledge  just because my friends were going and I didn’t want to look like an oddball. Now I’m old enough not to care.

Idle curiosity gets a vote, too. How many people go to a movie because of all the buzz about it? They want to see for themselves what it’s all about.

Laziness. Force of habit. Inertia. These all keep people parked in front of the TV set, watching wicked nonsense. There’s so much junk on, it hardly pays to change the channel. So they sit there mesmerized. Or they don’t want to be the only one in the office who didn’t watch the latest episode of Degenerate Sluts and Zombies. Thanks to the lessons learned in public schooling, most of us have a deep-seated fear of not fitting in.

I don’t think the junk has the power to harm or corrupt a Bible-literate, well-informed, praying Christian–although probably no one should feel himself totally secure. Any one of us can meet his Waterloo at any time. That’s why we need a Savior, and that’s why we have one.

Anyway, I don’t think it can be seriously disputed that rotten “entertainment” plays a part in rotting out the culture–along with “education,” and “higher education,” and the jabbering nincompoops who pass for “wise” these days, and the Democrat Party pushing and promoting culture rot as if their lives depended on it.

Our Lord Jesus Christ commanded, “Occupy until I come.” That’s what we should be doing. We will not be judged for failing to win the culture war; but we will be judged for failing to fight it.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

4 responses to “Whose Fault is Toxic ‘Entertainment’?

  • marlene

    “…never rule out sophomoric immaturity as a force in the culture.” I don’t agree with the writer. There are also subliminal messages in these movies (especially Disney’s) and children, especially those with single mothers, absent fathers, and completely indoctrinated by govt education while at the mercy of psycho leftists teachers, are vulnerable, impressionable. They’re immature and believe what they see. Marshall McLuhan said “The media is the message,” The demonic messages coming out of the “entertainment,” and political, media IS the message. Of course they’re responsible. They most certainly have an agenda – every organized entity in America has an “agenda.” And it’s less about the money these days because most wealth is obscenely concentrated in the very few, with of course, their global control agenda. Yes, we surely do need the Savior we have.

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    • leeduigon

      They’ve been working on us, all right, for over 100 years. The founders of public education, John Dewey in particular, wished to train the American people to be docile, easily led, with a collective mind-set: Dewey was down on individualism.

      I don’t call this a conspiracy because it has been done in the open. Those “educators” published their plans. That no one read them was a big reason for their success.

      But they are vulnerable to failure, and eventually will achieve it, because, as humanists, they never allow for God’s personal sovereignty over all of His creation–which is to culminate in the Kingdom of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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  • thewhiterabbit2016

    It is proven that family movies make more money than the R-rated stuff, but they keep making the R stuff, especially the pay TV channels. The Christian movie making industry is in its infancy but has a promising bright future. The same with Christian music. Harvard, Yale, and Princeton all began as Gospel colleges that have been taken over by the enemy, but instead of trying to take them back (it’s not going to happen), create new Gospel colleges – it’s called Kingdom Building on the foundation of Jesus Christ and doing it un-apologetically.

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