Liberals and the folks that control 99% of the media tell us music and films are reflective, showing real life and people's aspirations to find a place within it.
Conservatives and media critics generally blame the media for encouraging promiscuity, bad lifestyle choices and the decline of morality in society.
In reality it is more a vicious cycle with breakdowns in traditional society portrayed in a positive way, encouraging further breakdown and movement toward a new societal structure.
Forty years ago most families, from every ethnic and socioeconomic group, had traditional marriages and families with both a mother and father in the home.
In the 1950's and 1960's the general result of teen pregnacy was a hasty marriage, the so-called shotgun wedding.
Today teen pregnancy all too often results in either abortion or unwed teen motherhood, often in a cycle of poverty.
What caused me to reflect on this situation is a Time Magazine report out yesterday that "Sexting" of the use of cell phones to act out sexual activity (including the exchange of nude photos) is now rampant among middle school aged children, even preteens.
Today's pop music, virtually the entire "Top 40" glorifies sexual activity, often eschewing any potential of a long term relationship. One of my favorite songs today is "Stay the Night" by Zedd featuring Haley Williams.
"I am the fire, gasoline,
Pour yourself all over me.
Are you gonna stay the night?
Doesn't mean we're bound for life."
Enjoy this amazing, creative video, but keep in mind, every ten year old in America loves this song and hears it a dozen times every day!
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Now let's flip the coin and show you a video from Argentine for a relatively new product not available in the United States, Coca-Cola Life, a Stevia Sweetened reduced calorie (but not calorie free) Cola. Currently Coca-Cola has no plans to introduce the cola in the United States.
Regardless, this commercial has gone insanely viral and one viewing will tell you why. It's absolutely brilliant. One of the reasons it's gone viral is because it glorifies the family, and glorifies parenting, mother AND father parenting!
Which message do you want your children or grandchildren to see?