A little perspective is in order. This perspective was gained by actually living through the past 40 years of media and studying it.
Like frogs in pots of cool water, Christians enjoyed the media of the 1950s and most of the 1960s. It reflected our beliefs and values. It assured us through spokesmen from their Standards and Practices Departments that every TV show was watched to make sure it was suitable for the whole family. As the 1960s ended, the heat was turned up slightly under our cool pots of water but we thought, “Oh, that’s not so bad.”
As the 1960s faded into the 1970s, Beatle John Lennon went from I Want to Hold Your Hand to Why Don’t We Do It in The Road. Movies became raunchier and more suggestive, and the heat was turned up a little. The media added cable and porn in motels in the 1980s. The heat went up a little more. In the 1990s, profanity and partial nudity were added to network TV and by the end of the 90s, porn on the internet. The water was reaching a boil.
In the 2000s, the abyss has been reached. The standard character template on TV, and in movies is profoundly dysfunctional. Profanity? Comedians are using it. Shock jocks are using it.
We all need to be aware that a group of adults planned this, financed this and appeared as actors in this. It was no accident. Even in comic books, the world turned dark. The same in fiction books.
The media in the 1950s and 1960s had its spotlight trained on the good, the modest, the beautiful, the uplifting, the joyous. Now it has turned its spotlight on the dark, the grim, the destructive and dysfunctional, immoral and pornographic. The world is one big dysfunctional mess filled with perverts at all levels of society.
There are other stories, but until we repent and renew our minds, we will be distracted by the noise generated by the worldly media that not only wants us to look and listen but embrace its sick, twisted and totally self-destructive visions.