When the first television was first successfully shown, people thought that this invention brought people to a new age, and that the television was a huge benefit to humanity. Unfortunately, since then the Golden Era of television's moral and standards have fallen drastically. We are far away from the days when Lassie and the town of Mayberry ruled the airways and were the talk of America. What was once intended as a benefit for society has become its detrimental fall, now instead of upholding American society's standards, television is working to corrupt the very society it intended to help.
When used on television programs that children watch, vulgar vernacular degrade society's standards; children use the words without thinking about the true meaning of the word possibly to show disrespect another person. A good example of this would be a clip of South Park, where the character named Randy has made it to the last round of Wheel of Fortune, and the category is “People that Annoy You.” Randy's puzzle reads “N_GGER,” and Randy's guess was “nigger,” instead of the answer “nagger.” This racial slur being used in this sense shows children how outraged people will get, but failed to show how the subtle consequences really happen. This is a far cry from when Opie would get a stern talking to by his “paw” for just saying the word “darn” or “gosh dangit.” Television has advanced “now to the new age of liberal enlightenment,” using words that were once taboo in the 1950s like “darn” and “shucks” to “damn” and “shit” in almost every line. It is this constant bombardment on the children everyday desensitizes them to the use of these words, and they begin using these words in defiance of their parents' wishes.
Back in the 1950s, most television shows upheld family values and common morals like Leave it to Beaver and even Bonanza. Yet what is now seen on television is nothing more than unjustifiable violence and lewd behavior. This senseless use of violence desensitizes children to the use of violence, which then causes them to respond to situations with a negative or violent action that results in adverse consequences. Two new series, Human Target and Spartacus depict violence as the only way to solve problems in life, because both programs depict fighting as a lifestyle that can be glorious. Another infamous example would be the series 24 which often has scenes of “gruesome violence and torture which is consider controversial” (Johnson). What are children supposed to learn from a show that allows the portrayed, Secretary of Defense, to torture his son to uncover evidence of a plot of terrorism? With this desensitization, young minds see violence as the solution to real life problems, not only destroying and wasting our community when they are put in jail for consequences of violence, but destroys the basic foundation of American society's morals.
Yet, another thing about the media of television that has changed in the decades that it has been...