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In my opinion I think vulgar humour is more influential then violence in pop culture.When I was little in the 90's I remember hearing so much stuff about how bad the influence of violence is but relatively by comparision not that much on how bad vulgar humour is (at least as far as I can remember).Then again this probably mainly due to the fact that I was little and likely to imitate violence.Keywords there being "likely to imitate violence". Most grown ppl have better sense then to drive at dangerous speeds,imitate a flashy but totally impractical fighting style or quickly use force to resolve something that is an** apparent *threat that will cause conflict.However humour,esp.the verbal sort is much easier to imitate even when not in the context that you first saw it in.Humour is far more versatile (and is even quite a good teaching tool when used well) while violence largely is a means of destruction or a vivid response to some sort of conflict or violation.Thus it can leave a deeper impression then violence which can more easily be shrugged off as unreasonable.This leads me to ask what's more influential?.The violence of a show like *Dexter *or CSI and the gruesome gore and blood that results from such violence or vulgar humour from a show like *Two and a half men or* South Park where things are subject to be satirized (humour with the intention of teaching or sending a message:good or bad) as well as parody (making fun of something b/c it's apparently *game) along with particulary in the case of the latter blood and gore are played and presented for gags and the object of a crude dark humour that takes **everything **too lightly and cruelly/indiscriminately makes a spectacle of it?.Thanks for your time.
All of the following degrade the human person and can and do lead to a truly distorted picture of what a human being is/should be.
1) Comedy is often not funny. Take Chris Rock. He revels in profanity and graphic sexual references while trying to get a laugh out of his audience. Or Louis Black who, on his own authority, said the following: "There's no such thing as bad language." Or comedian Whoopi Goldberg, as amateur Bible scholar, explaining Leviticus to her audience as part of her "act."
A) Satire is meant to be clever and funny but not in a mean way.
B) Parody is meant to imitate and exaggerate some genre or literary form, but it need not be cruel, just a bit over the top.
Examples: South Park. A little girl goes up to her teacher at the end of class and says, "Stay away from my man, b***h!"
Or Family Guy. In the opening song, it refers to "those values on which we used to rely." Which values? Normal Christian values. Jesus is mocked. Peter is injected with the 'gay gene,' tells his family he's leaving them and gets a boyfriend. A little later, at his boyfriend's place, Peter is told he is going to get a big surprise - an 11-way, as 10 young men trot out of the bedroom in their underwear.
Violence has gotten too graphic. We don't need to see a realistic simulation of horrible burns or a bullet traveling through a body.
Dexter, as a TV show, is sick. A man whose hobby is kidnapping people and cutting them to pieces. After several episodes, what do you think? Poor guy. Traumatized as a child, he just can't help it. But thanks to his police officer adoptive father who convinced him that murdering 'bad people' is OK, he can lead a fuller life than being locked away for life for being criminally insane.
The character template for most TV shows is "the dysfunctionals." Human beings who don't care if they get divorced, commit adultery, fornicate or do a whole lot of bad things because "who cares"? "I'll do whatever I want just because I can." Like a married woman having sex with the young garden boy. What's the big deal?
When we become less sensitive to sin or get convinced that sin and bad role models don't affect others, since most sins involve more than one person, it's time to wake up. We must say, "No. This is wrong and politely explain why."