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Fantasy-driven Solitaries

baby and fatherSince the coming of television, we no longer have family circles where parents and children talk and share and experience together, but we have family semicircles! Sociologist Reginald Bibby the Canadian sociologist writes in "Teen Trends," "If the pulpit was the place of proclamation about what was right and wrong in the past, the television screen is now the norm-creator in the modern world." Societal standards come from television, cell phones and the internet!

Networking Morality

ClergyPopular television programs and social networking decide the morals of our young people more than any church or preacher. These standards are being undermined further by an uncensored Internet and World Wide Web. Just about anyone can go online and read how to make a bomb, purchase a firearm or view pornographic acts and pictures. We are already seeing the television family semicircles dissolve into a network of fantasy-driven solitaries glued to computer screens of one size or another. Meanwhile parents complain of losing their control.✞

No Standards

Television cartoonModern television, while being supportive of individual rights and freedoms, ridicules the relevance of institutional standards including the government, the police, the church, the clergy and particularly the Bible. Ministers are often portrayed as either bumbling idiots or crazed Bible thumping fundamentalists. Clergy may well have as much or even more training than doctors or engineers but they are still viewed as gullible fools. This, despite the fact that many of the past developments and inventions over the centuries in our society came as a result of Christian concern for justice, the wellbeing of individuals and the search for scientific truth.

"Television's Family Semicircles"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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