Are We Responsible To (say) Fuck?
Due to the more and more relaxed state of regulations on the use of “forbidden words” in the media, the individual responsibility of using curse words has increased. In this research I have found that the use of curse words has heightened some people’s sensitivity to these words. Children are the most affected and the parents are not far behind. The use of curse words in our media has changed our perspective; children and teens use them sometimes on the daily basis, but is this change a good thing? The common curse words, some starting with S’s and some with F’s, have been found in every aspect of your day. “A virtual pandemic of verbal vulgarity…” Is how the beginning of “Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore” by Natalie Angier explains todays society and our common use of foul language. Walking down the street someone drops their phone and an unsavory word slips out, this person is a teenager and you ask where do they learn these kinds of words? Is it the parenting that needs to be questioned or is the their peers and society surrounding them? Nowadays these forbidden words can even come out of the mouth of a 4 year old and put onto the Internet for others laughter but is this something that we should adore? Videos of children, usually under the age of 10, using profanity are found hilarious but instead of seeing these videos as humorous we need to start seeing them as a gate way. In the media there is still a lot of monitoring on which person says what and if a certain swear word can be exchanged for another that is less provocative. Even around the world some officials of nations have called for some sort of order in the media. As of April of last year Russian President Vladimir Putin had such an opposition on these forbidden words he decided to sign a law that would give out fines to whatever media source that used foul language. But is that what our world is coming to, do we really want to have to follow in the steps of Putin? Impressionable children often have their media supervised by parents but what happens when it’s the parents using these words? “Newborns are very attentive to the emotional states of their caregivers. If you use emotional language around them (like profanity), they’ll pick up on it,” says physiologist Timothy Jay. Now with that said the screening of media means nothing if a child is exposed to this language while being at home, grocery shopping, or even at the playground. The comfort level society has with the use of provocative language has changed over the years, it used to be no words even thought of being mentioned to innuendos and strategically placed beeps all through out a program. No matter where our youth go these words follow them and are always just a remote click away. The use of the words today usually have no actual reasoning behind them and just used to “spice up” a script and make it more edgy. Do the screenwriters for TV shows know that they are potentially de-sensitizing persons under their target audience to derogatory slang? Most likely they do, and with that they attempt, as previously stating, to de-sensitize the words. Medias look on using profanity is “If we make it more relevant and expose more people to it the more they won’t get worked up over silly little words.” The surprising fact is though that these “silly little words” aren’t so silly and they usually are used in a hurtful manner. Shows like South Park use profanity as words fillers and in ways to humiliate and embarrass other characters on the show. This is a wide spread show and many teenagers commonly like to pay mind to entertainment like this, but is this what really want our youth to be seeing? Society regularly sees to media as an all mighty god, one presiding and telling us what is right and what is wrong. What we are not seeing is that when TV shows like South Park start to use words involving racial slurs and other degrading aspects we stop seeing the wrong in such...
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