http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/07/27/bennett.winehouse.drugs/index.html?hpt=hp_bn9

“With those awards, a message was sent: Mock addiction, create a rallying cry for those in its grip, blow your life up in every aspect other than financial success and name recognition, and you will be rewarded with the industry’s gold medals.”

http://traditionalvalues.org/data/sites/73/pdfs/070111_Sheldon_Charisma_PlanForGayDomiNation.pdf

“From kindergartens to city councils to churches to the Supreme Court, the mainstreaming of homosexuality has reshaped everything in America. And one of the most powerful vehicles by which the gay agenda has accomplished this is media. The first television network program to feature a homosexual character in an ongoing role was the soap opera One Life to Live in 1992. By 1999, there were 25 sitcoms or daytime dramas with homosexual characters. Without exception, these characters were portrayed as witty, clever, lovable and just a little quirky.”

Really?

Are Americans that gullible that our media, in this instance it’s music, tell us what to do and think?  Does winning an award for a song that boots rehab in the ass really tell people it’s okay to be on drugs?  Really?  Does media tell us it’s okay to be gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, too?  Does it all influence us subliminally as suggested by so many people?

There are great number of media outlets that are blamed for influencing people.  From video games to TV to the “Liberal Media”, fingers have been pointed that it affects people somehow.  It makes violence, homosexuality, drugs, drinking, cussing, premarital sex, teen pregnancy and (fill in the blank) “acceptable” to it’s viewers because it is presented “positively” by characters who are “quirky” and “lovable”.

I have such a problem accepting this analogy.  I have a problem with it because it’s not logical, rational or in any way reasonable.  I don’t believe some kid playing a video game that is violent is going to think it’s okay to mow people down with an automatic rifle.  I don’t believe that a song about rehab winning an award tells people that it’s okay to to do drugs and not go to rehab.  I certainly don’t believe that it affects if someone is going to accept a “homosexual” easier than they would a heterosexual.  The notion is simply ridiculous.

I think internet postings, like the two I quoted here, are more dangerous to people than anyone else:

http://www.fstdt.net/QuoteComment.aspx?QID=82731

“There is a soft drink company, believe it may be Pepsi, that is using aborted baby cells to flavor pop. When you think they have hit bottom..look out..the bottom is still a ways to go”

The frightening reality of this quote on this website is that someone is going to read that and be gullible enough to believe it.  So media does affect Americans, because there are people out there geared to believe everything they read as gospel because that is what their parents and culture has taught them to do.  They are, sadly, an ignorant majority of people in fundamentalist and/or extremist religious circles.

It happened to the company Procter and Gamble in the 1980’s when these circles passed information to each other that the company was “evil” or “satanic” because of their company’s logo (a crescent moon and stars). You can look it up yourself at http://www.snopes.com/business/alliance/procter.asp and see what damage can be done.  The following website instructs to boycott the company because of animal testing: http://www.wesleyan.edu/wsa/warn/pandg.htm and lists companies that don’t hurt animals.  It is written in a sensational manner because more people read sensational stories.

What’s really sad is that there is nothing you can do about it.  Inflaming the reader is what is done to draw these types of people to believe that crap.  It is the information age and it’s easier to investigate the truth of the matter by Googling the subject.  Many people do it and set themselves free by freeing their mind, because you just can’t prove something at face value.  More people are coming around to depending on Snopes.com for busting the move of idiots all over the internet.

There are a bunch of YouTube videos and other websites that provide information to keep the gullible from being gullible.  Even such controversial subjects, like the Church of Scientology vs the Independent Scientology movement, can be debunked with plenty of patient research on the subject by Googling.  Controversial subjects like homosexual marriage equality vs “traditional one man one woman” marriages can be explored on the internet.  The question of god can be Googled.

There is a wealth of information out there.  The real difference between the gullible and the logical masses are who is more willing to dig for the truth and understand that many things out there do come with an ulterior motive.  The religious extremists struggle to regain control of their masses by sharing bigotry and manipulating them with obsolete “book learned” morality.  Media that covers the debt problem in America inflame by fear-mongering people into thinking the elite rich aren’t the only people who will have a tax increase.  Making informed decisions is a reasonable, logical, sensible and responsible way to make decisions on what subjects might be true or which subjects are just littered with rumor, falsehoods and downright lies, misquotes, editing to make something appear to be something it’s not, inflammatory statements, and the list can go on.  It’s up to you to make the informed decision what to believe or not and as I have said many, many, many times in my life:

Argue for your limitations and they are yours.

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