While reading Blumer’s “From Movies and Conduct,” I instantly thought of how this article from 1933 relates to modern day media. Blumer mentions that it’s insufficient to regard motion pictures as a fantasy world, or “unreality.” He goes on to say that motion pictures are educational, but may conflict or fill gaps in what is taught in school, the home or by the church.
Now in 2012, we have fully embraced “reality,” through reality TV shows. Shows like Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant have raised a great deal of controversy. These shows definitely contrast with many home upbringings and with what the church says about premarital sex. Some say the show scares teens from getting pregnant. But the show has also done the opposite and has made girls want to get pregnant. MTV, the favorite TV of girls 11-19, regularly includes girls and women in the traditional role of sex object, as seen in features on the network (think Spring Break) and many music videos. Do you think modern day movies and reality TV are helping or hindering the minds of our youth? Do you think these shows accurately display “reality”?