[quote="edwest2, post:5, topic:229882"]
As someone who works in the media, I can say that movies and TV programs do not mirror American society. The trend toward more skin, more cursing and more dysfunctional behavior was gradually added, starting in the 1970s.
This truly marked the beginning of TV losing its more decent programming. HBO is where I saw women's breasts while channel surfing around 1973. I was watching Johnny Carson with my mom and just wanted to see what else was on. I was still in high school. This was the beginning of non-Catholic material and what people wanted to see. HBO is the largest with 29 million US subscribers and also offered in 150 other countries. Now add in all of the other cable channels that offer non-Catholic shows to watch.
Studio heads, producers and writers sit down and plan it all out. TV shows like Mary Hartman which featured the first gay character on TV were no accident. The same with All in the Family.
They plan based upon what they think people will watch don't they???These were highly rated shows from what I remember. For us middle class families, most of our Dad's could have been Archie Bunker. While these people went to Church (mine didn't) they still hated ethnic groups and us kids grew up in that environment. The Church was teaching "no salvation outside the Catholic Church" and I don't recall seing these ethnic groups at Mass where I lived. So I grew up with those same feelings. It took many years to get my thinking straight and in line with what the Church was really teaching. Catholic teaching was also poor from what I remember.
Today, self-proclaimed comedians tell their audiences, "There's no such thing as bad language." Wow. Who put them in charge?
I don't know who was in charge but Andrew Dice Clay made a ton of money in the 90's before he angered Johnny Carson. Carson had him "listed as bad news" and then nobody wanted him. Others took his place at the top. And before Dice Clay there was Richard Pryor who was mild when considering what Dice Clay was saying.
We gradually transitioned from trusting the media to tolerating a little bit of bad, a little more and a little more. We got used to coming home and turning on the TV and going out to the movies. Too bad that we get movies about couples living together and having sex, and it's all presented as average or normal. It's not.
We need to spend our time with culture that does not cause us to lose touch with what's right and what's wrong. One reason movies in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s were lacking in all those bad things was because we had a Catholic Legion of Decency.
There were laws on the books about cursing in public and using bad language. In 1961, comedian Lenny Bruce was arrested for obscenity. In 2003, he was pardoned by the Governor of New York.
**Pardoned means to me that what he did was OK. I was speaking about my experience and the Catholics/Christians surrounding me that all enjoyed this new, perverted programming. I wasn't going to Mass at the time but many friends were and still watched this junk on TV. Everybody I worked with and hung around with acted in that manner. I didn't know "decent" Catholics/Christians at the time and probably wouldn't have listened anyway. The interesting thing was back then I wasn't aware of any atheists either (probably just not vocal). Everybody claimed to be Christian but yet enjoyed watching this programming.
When I decided to live my life first as a Christian -- my journey back included spending a couple of years interacting with the Baptist faith (no baptism) -- I realized that to be true to the faith would mean not tollerating current friends actions including swearing and watching junk.
Long story short, since coming back to the Catholic Church I couldn't accept the behavior of many so called friends and be faithful to the Church teaching. This is my perception, growing up in a middle class background, on what is going on around us. Using God's name in vain is just touching the surface of the problems presented by society today.
We, faithful Catholics/Christians are literally inundated with severely wrong messages and actions daily. Our job is to try and change that with the best means available. Just with TV alone, I can't watch 75% of the stuff I used to watch regularly. I basically watch EWTN and Science and History channels along with what I know will be decent. It must have been my world that was so messed up. I hope the rest of you aren't seeing it as I did**.
God Bless and no disrespect intended in any way.