Saturday, February 17, 2007

Countering Pop-Culture

As a conservative and uncle of four, I tend to wonder if our society is heading towards a fiery crash if we don't get a hand of what we deem as "pop-culture". No matter where you go, whether on the Internet, television, radio, or the movie industry, we're bombarded with trivial things like Anna Nicole Smith, Donald Trump vs Rosie, Girls Gone Wild, teachers sleeping with their students, crude rappers, Jerry Springer, exhibitions of gore and mayhem and Lord knows whatever else there is to peddle to the massive viewing audience. What I see when I turn on my TV just makes me pretty scared what kind of future awaits my three nieces and lone nephew as they near their teenage years and they become more and more exposed to these media avenues. One thing I do know is that there are a lot of people in this country who completely understand what a negative impact such a degradation of our culture will have on future generations. Thankfully the good folks at Walden Media have established a family friendly outlet from the everyday "pop-culture" by offering up such great movies like The Chronicles of Narnia, Because of Winn-Dixie, Charlotte's Web, How To Eat Fried Worms, Holes, I Am David and many others to come. If you want to learn more on the success story of Walden Media and its future offering then I suggest you read this column by Brent Bozell III.

Above all, our children and the survivability of our culture will only be solved by the parents who need to take control of the remote and find ways of limiting their kids from the mess that is being splashed on the screens of our TVs, computer screens and in the movie theater. An even better way to ensure this is through these same parents using their feet and pocketbooks to guide the movie industry(At least the ones directed towards kids) towards a market that is family friendly and in the case of Walden Media a very handsome chunk of cash.

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