[quote="momof8, post:6, topic:224845"]
But I'm not so sure about that. First of all, children do not qualify as educated people, in that their education is far from complete. Even their brain development is not yet complete, and their analytical abilities have not matured. Not that watching Jersey Shore matures anyone.
So, you would say that watching Jersey Shore can be beneficial? At what point would it not be beneficial to watch a program? If worse programing comes out, should people watch it to avoid being harmed by not watching it?
I wouldn't say that it is beneficial watching any entertainment program in particular. My point is that I think it can be detrimental to completely censor and seclude yourself from 'offensive' viewing under the assumption that you will somehow emulate the actions of those you are viewing. I agree its a different deal for kids like. But for older people, to reiterate, it doesn't take much brain power to see that the folk on Jersey Shore are right vacuous. I can't imagine wanting to live that lifestyle, even if I have enjoyed watching the last two seasons of it.
[quote="momof8, post:7, topic:224845"]
Are you ever in any way offended by what you see? I don't mean in a hyper-sensitive kind of reaction. I mean, do you ever see that and say, wow, I am really watching people debase themselves? Or, do you ever think that there must be a better way to get a good laugh?
Could I also ask, and please don't take this as anything other than trying to understand the appeal of this program, do you by any chance receive Communion any more than weekly? Do you pray regularly? I just wonder if it tends to be harder to watch this thing if, say, you pray the rosary daily. Maybe I'm testing out a theory that is in my own mind, a theory that is completely off base. I would like to be able to understand the point of view of people who, in some way, appreciate the program.
Of course I am offended by things I watch sometimes. My old flatmate used to watch a lot of old 60s exploitation films and a couple of them in particular got to me - especially those that were anti-Christian or blasphemous in a big way (one about nuns I walked out on comes to mind). There were other movies that were definitely offensive that I was happy to sit through though because I thought there was a point to it... the director was using certain images to evoke an emotive response, you know? Jersey Shore is a different deal and the argument for artistic worth can't really apply here as it is pure trash tv. As in so many of these threads I feel like I need to say that the root cause isn't necessarily bad, it is the application of that in your life that is.
I find it offensive that you are trying to equate my willingness to watch JS with 'how good a Catholic I am' so I'm not going to respond to that.