[quote="benjammin, post:1, topic:311937"]
For example, I started to watch breaking bad. While there are certainly morally objectionable things in the show, besides the main plot line of a teacher making meth to support his family, is it wrong to watch the show?
Besides it being a very well written and performed show, I don't believe it promotes things like drug use or selling drugs. The characters are always in trouble because of what they do, and they hardly promote or show meth making and drug dealing as a glamourous life style. In fact in a way, they show it for what it really is, a bad thing. To me its kind of like the Godfather. The Godfather doesn't promote the Mafia lifestyle. Most of the characters in the Godfather series were descpicable people, and once again it didn't say "go out and be a gangster"
So is it wrong to watch shows or movies like this? Part of me thinks no, but i really am not sure anymore.
Making meth to support your family as "entertainment"? That would be suitable as a documentary but not as a "kick off your shoes, grab some popcorn, and enjoy" kind of thing. The Godfather didn't promote what? It was an A to Z guide to the Mafia lifestyle (I saw all except the last one). Once again, that's fine for a documentary but not as "entertainment." Even if the TV example or the Godfather don't glamorize what they do.
Like the Sopranos. People killing other people, cheating on their wives, murdering their own - that's "entertainment"? Sorry, it's like meditating about the subject. A waste of time at best and a "let's get used to strippers, profanity, murder, theft, mob hits and adultery" as a great way to spend an hour. (Yes, I've seen numerous episodes.)
I've ended my desire to indulge in ugly social voyeurism. Indiana Jones, the first movie, a nice balance, but what they're showing today? Nope.
It's always getting more graphic, showing more skin, more sexual situations, and adding profanity, immoral sex and even drug use by professional, well-paid people as parts of the scenery, and they, the producers, want more? Apparently so.
Hope this helps,