Has anyone taken the time to ask themselves when more is enough? Are we so greedy and technology hungry that we cannot enjoy what we have? Do we need to continue to expose our young impressionable youth to "better" movies to help generate the almighty dollar? More blood, more sex, more killing, more explosions, more drugs, more "hardcore..." Yes. Yes. And, Yes.
This is what I am sick of. What is wrong with us, as a society, as a whole? Everything we have in America is "Improving", from bigger drinks to better resolution in your home television set. I hope you are glad you invested in the newest HD technology... They have something better in the works. Whether it's a higher resolution, or a new form of sound technology. Either way, your T.V. is obsolete within a month. Same with computers. Buy the newest chip set, newest graphics cards, and you are still out of date in a month, finding software you simply cannot run properly. What about cellphones? How many people do you know that buy a new phone simply because it has a new feature?
"It can play music louder than my old phone did." or "The touchscreen allows it to navigate better than my old phone." I personally like the iPhone, and find the applications and technology to be perfect for my life. I do not own one, but I wish I did. I have an iPod touch, and love it, so I have something to go off of besides the rave reviews from millions of owners.
Instead, I have a nice, BASIC, cell phone, that will last me until I break it. It calls, takes pictures, sends texts, and that makes me happy.
What about t.v.? Cartoons now are better than ever. Even daytime, children are definitely watching right now, type cartoons are MORE violent, MORE sexual, and MORE graphic than the "risque" shows of my time. (The Cartoon, Cartoon. Series on Cartoon Network late 90's to early 2000's.) Or, you could watch the WORST cartoons when I was a kid if you were lucky. Sure, Beavis and Butthead was only on late at night, on one channel, after midnight so most kids would be in bed. If your child was watching it, it was your fault as a parent. Now, shows like Beavis and Butthead are TAME compared to even basic normal cartoons. Parents can hardly tell if a cartoon is good or bad, because what was BAD when I was growing up is normal now, and on daytime programming. Hell, the girls in cartoons aimed at teenagers and young teens are sexxxy! They have tight bodies, big breasts, skimpy clothing. I mean, honestly. Girls in Beavis and Butthead wear more clothes than these girls from the hit show 6teen on Cartoon network during after school programming. Even the women they sexually objectify in older, mature, "controversial" cartoons were far less revealed. But hell, more skin shown, means more attention from the boys, which equals popularity, which is far more important than any subject they are teaching in school currently. More Sex. More avant garde' behavior. More Violence. More Alcohol use... Drug use... You name it. As long as they can make money off of it, it will be made. Again, maybe I just am old, and I feel these NEW SOCIAL NORMS, are a bad start for our kids. I had less messed up stuff to watch on television, let alone the Internet growing up. Still, I am extremely fucked up in the head. I wonder how these kids are in the head? The news is showing all the violence increasing. It may be a sign, or a warning...
Movies are more violent. Movies that should be Rated R, are PG13, so the 18 and under crowd base can still spend their money on the movies. More Special effects... to the point that movies are produced so fast... you cannot enjoy them. Crappy movie after crappy movie is pumped out week after week, saturating the market with movies that do not require much acting. After all, computers can make any special effect now. To me, this is bad. Movies only rely on special effects to sell the movie. Movies made with CGI effects, to me, are not real movies. Star wars, for example. That movie was made with models and claymation, yet still rendered a story worth following. Furthermore, the talent needed to create movies of high caliber, was far and few, and took years to make a good movie perfect. Perfect before it was released.
Now, we hear about a movie 2 months before it is released. Every commercial break during prime time you will see the advertisement for the summer blockbuster movie of the century. Then the video games, and the toys, merchandise and all the products come out before the movie. Fast food places make everything about the movie. Then, about 2 weeks after the movie is out, and sells to average standards, the next Movie is in line, and the process repeats. And with all these movies, coming out so fast, everyone is outdoing each other. More realistic gore. More blood. More violence. More sex. More nudity. More swearing. More realistic everything.
But we let our children buy into this culture and jump product to product, see movie after movie, with little value to them. What's wrong with more? When I was 16, I was told by a therapist that the average child has seen 1,000,000 murders on television and movies alone by the age of 16. This was back in the 90's! Now, factor in the amount of new movies, the lowered standards in the Rating System, and toss in video games for good measure. How many murders has the average child in 2009 seen by 16? I can play video games where I graphically and realistically kill 150 or more opponents in 1 level, let alone the 30 more to go. It makes for good thinking. I bet by 8, thanks to the MORE is BETTER policy, children have seen over a million murders. Talk about desensitizing them young, no?
I have so much more to rant about, but I fear I have written too much as is. Heh, I bet I lost most of ya by now. Point is... We as a nation, want more. Whether its more french fries, or more violence, we want it, are willing to spend our money on it, and if it ruins are children, are ok with it, as long as we look cool to everyone else around us while doing it.
(I have not seen a movie in theater for over 3 years now. I cannot justify spending gas money, and $15.00 for 2 tickets....or more even... to see a movie with little plot and all special effects. Same for video games. I will try it before I buy it. The last good game I bought was... 2007...)
THINK BEFORE YOU SUPPORT THE CORPORATE MONSTER. If you really enjoy more, and feel it is better, then by all means destroy yourself. It is a free country... Buy a new phone every few months, new cd's and games every week, new clothing to keep up to date. Buy all the new movies, in every new format, every few months. Buy into every single NEW break through. Please go ahead if this is your true feelings and more is better to you. Spend to your hearts content... After all, the economy needs your money, and I cannot buy into the bullshit.