6.06.2011

Thoughts About the Media and the World

A topic that's really been on my mind lately is the influence of the media on our society. It seems to be a trending topic lately. I mean, it's everywhere--magazines, radio, tv, movies, newspapers, etc. And the media seems to portray everything. Nothing is hidden anymore. They talk about sucides, bullying, divorce, sex, homosexuality, drugs and alcohol, and other such stuff. It's all there. And then we get people trying to blame the media for everything that's happening in the world, or at least blame it for a large portion of what's happening. I found this video (not the best made, but still informative) made by some BYU students:


I was also able to watch Killing Us Softly 3, a documentary about ads and how women and children are portrayed (if you have time I'd definitely recommend watching it, it's very interesting and informative).

But honestly, I don't think that blaming the media is completely fair. I'm not siding with the media, saying that all of these things should be portrayed and shown as normal and even good. But the sad and inevitable part of this is that it's not going to stop. There are so many media influences out there that's it's virtually impossible for this to be stopped. I admire when people tell companies that they are mad about certain things (like Abercrombie's push-up bra) but telling one company isn't going to make a huge difference. Yes, we've all heard the starfish story, but think about it. In the whole scheme of things, one company compared to millions more isn't going to change anything.
The sad thing about all of this is that I don't really have a solution. I'm sorry. But one point I really wanted to make clear was that we don't know if it's the media influencing the world. How do we know it's not the world influencing the media? And to be fair, I am a Mormon, so I have higher standards than the rest of the world, and I believe in them and in my religion. But the people who aren't Mormons? Well, maybe they don't all realize this is bad. Even though it's getting worse and worse, like how magazines portray girls that get thinner and thinner and they just airbrush every single face they publish, people might not realize it. We can say all we want about how the media is bad or the world is bad, and it's true. But other people don't know that and they don't see it, and their minds aren't going to suddenly be changed just because someone tells them it's so.

When you think about it, you can't really find a source for all the evil in the world. We don't know who's doing what or who published what first. We don't know. All we do know is that it's there. And the numbers are increasing. Suicide rates are higher, eating disorder rates are higher, divorce rates--everything is getting higher. The only source we can pinpoint for all of this is Satan. Read this and then tell me what you think:

If I Were Satan…

I would gain control of gifted, creative, compassionate women in the world. I would attack the women because then I could destroy the future children and the family, the backbone of any nation. I would delude female minds into thinking their worth was their body, their appearance and achievements. I would promote an attitude of loving material things and using people, instead of the other way around. I would dupe entire generations of women into comparing themselves to the illusions portrayed in the media. I would have complete control of the media so that every day I would pollute the thoughts of women for my agenda. I would promote pornography and violence as art and entertainment. I would make the female body a sex object and promote fashions which make that statement. I would confuse women into thinking that glamour is beauty. I would get women to worship movie stars and models. I would set a standard of thinness as beauty in order to make women weak. I would make it socially acceptable for a woman to dishonor her body through starvation in order to attain society’s ideal for the female form. I would convince women that their hunger is a sin. I would make life so fast-paced and noisy that there is no time to nourish each other, to play together or listen. I would degrade the sacredness of marital intimacy and fidelity. I would make divorce easy and attractive, even fashionable. I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies; I would make it socially acceptable to mutilate one’s body or take one’s own life. I would cheapen human life as much as possible, so that the lives of animals are valued more than human beings. I would promote a culture of perfectionism and competition where women are taught to feel inferior, guilty and not good enough. I would teach women to compete with each other and to compete with men. I would persuade women to focus on the God of self instead of their Creator. I would take spirituality out of the schools and out of the homes and out of the hearts of gifted, creative, compassionate women. I would leave things pretty much the way they are.
Written by Kathleen Slade Hofer, adapted from Paul Harvey

Powerful stuff, huh? When I first read that it made me so mad. So incredibly mad, because I have been tricked by Satan in so many ways and it really finally came to me that all of these things were lies.

But now? I feel empowered. I want to fight Satan and his lies and I want to win. I'm realizing that we cannot change the media, and we can't change all these facts. We can't, because Satan is very strong and he seems to have control over a large portion of the world. But we can choose to not believe it. All these lies will always be there and always be prevalent. And they're only going to get worse. But we don't have to believe any of it. And we can help others not to believe it too. In that way, we can make a difference. We can help one starfish at a time.

There are only two sides in this whole thing, God and Satan. And I'm pretty sure I know who's side I want to be on. It's simple. What do you think about this? Opinions? (I didn't mean to offend anyone while writing this, they're just my opinions and thoughts).

(Also, I hope this made sense! thanks!)

3 comments:

  1. Kailee,

    I love your thoughts. I think you are absolutely right on. I agreed with your whole post. I am grateful that you are so intelligent and confident that you can post your opinions and allow them to be heard and internalized by many.

    I think that satan does attack women, but I also thinks he attacks men by making women seem to them like sex objects, inferior, and by making family take second place to career, money, and sex. It is very sad, but we DON'T have to succumb. We can rise above it. I think that is the point that you were making.

    You are amazing and I love you very much. Thanks for being you.

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  2. I love this I watched the video and I didnt realize what I was allowing into my home. I dont watch any of the shows, anymore, but I do watch crime show and I have to question why do I do that. I need to get myself in gear.

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, I appreciate it.

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