The dissociation of vulgarity in youth media
Growing up with modern day media
As a young man I’ve always heard “well in my day..” or “when I was your age...” Now this is a common thing to hear from generations before you. They impart their wisdom and most of the time you slightly listen and move on. But if you really listen and take a second to think, you can see the dramatic change that has recently taken place in American economy and culture.
For example, I visit my grandparents about once a week and the other day we were listening to the radio on the way to dinner. Both my grandma and grandpa promptly asked me to change the radio station. Curious, I asked them why they made this request. They answered, like most seniors might, that the music is garbage. Just for the heck of it I questioned “what about the music makes it garbage?” Surprisingly they said “there is too much cursing and vulgarity”. What this made me realize was that, as a teen growing up to this music and pop culture I had become desensitized to the vulgar language that has almost become a staple of the modern day music industry. On top of that, it extended to almost all scourges of media including the news where most of it is based on violence or scandals.
My grandparents and the “F***” word
To me it’s normal to hear “F***” thrown around. But to my grandparents, who were raised in the baby boomer era when you could buy a house for the price of a current car, this is F*****g shocking! Before technology neighborhoods were full of children playing outside. Today it’s a rarity to see a group of children playing in the street. In fact, in most neighborhoods people barely know their neighbor next door. I've come to realize that in today’s society, despite all the connectivity that electronics and social media give us, we are slowly breaking away from face to face interaction. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say “text me” or “like my photo” instead of “let’s hang out”.
The social hierarchy of children today is based on the number of social media followers that they've collected. Now you see adults buying into the concept of sharing online in a “look at me” style.
To summarize, the direction of change taking place in America is forecasting an individualistic society where people no longer meet face to face and what you see on the news and hear in songs becomes only more vulgar. At this point we have to ask ourselves, when will it change?