Self-censorship During the time of my life age zero to six, I watched television. I listened to music. I watched movies. From a stroller, my mother would push me around the grocery store as she shopped. I would read various signs posted around the store. “Frozen.” “Watermelon.” “Pasta.” Where did I learn to read? Not from books, teachers, or educational toys. I learned to read from a daily diet of “Sesame Street” and “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.”
Individuals who blame media for the downfall of society are shortsighted. The existence of television’s “Power Rangers” or video game consoles' “Grand Theft Auto” does not explicate violence in schools, or on the playground. There are more factors influencing
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Like all businesses, media corporations are bound by the economic rules of supply and demand. Today’s media makes material depicting violence, coarse language, and degrading perspectives available to any audience who will “tune in.” What sells, unfortunately, is largely a representation of what has gone wrong in our society; in other words, media is a reflection of society’s ills. Because of the availability of this material combined with the concept of supply and demand, one can correctly deduce that violent and vulgar material is produced and made available because there is a market for it. It exists because people will buy it. Many computer software retailers use the game rating system as a guideline for sales. On two separate occasions in two different stores, I witnessed a store clerk refuse sale of a game rated “M” to individuals under 17 years of age. But who is old enough to provide these games to “underage” children? Who doesn’t watch television with their children and simply puts a set in their child’s room? Who allows their child to surf the Internet alone, without installing readily available content-filtering software?
As technology continues to increase in accessibility and speed of use, American society continues to value speed and efficiency. In the example of cooking a marshmallow over a campfire, patience and careful observation make for a perfect golden brown roast. Like