On the dangers of moral norms being informed by media

Art reflects life and life reflects art.

but art doesn’t fear life, but life fears art

as it sees the possibility of being measured by it.



by this I mean that art doesn’t change after it’s formed, it can lose relevance but indeed after it is made it doesn’t shift. Whereas life can constantly shift and does. This is the problem with a truly media centric moral code. as we see more and more the power of independent life being placed into the hands of those who create art. In this case I am using the descriptor; “art” loosely.  I am speaking of course of mass media, (mostly television media) It is this reflection that we must be wary of. as it manipulates while operating as a norm. but it is only skin deep as the reality of this world is much more complicated and yet simpler, as you only know your own perspective where as in media you can be shown several different perspectives. In media you are put into a forced perspective; as you the viewer cannot choose what you know and don’t know, you know only what you see. You adapt to the perspective that the director or writer wishes you to hold.  this is the first truth to understanding the power of media.

  • You are given a perspective, you do not choose one.


Now in listing out these points I appear to be taking some great issue with media, as if I am going to be wearing a tin foil hat. This is not the case as I simply am arguing for a greater responsibility for the viewer. People will always input into your life, it is up to you to decide what is done next. The main issue I have is the mass consumption of something artificial that over time I feel inhibits your own abilities.

In media you are aware of whatever the perspective shows you and therefore you have more than a first-person perspective. This becomes a problem however because dishonesty becomes a trope. Take most shows there is lying. But we also are made aware of a pending climax between the liar and the person lied too.  We are aware of it in the show, we know the moment of the lie because there is a laugh track and other events previously show that the character will be unable to follow through on the lie. If we didn’t have this preloaded information we would simply see a lie. This isn’t the case though. And it affects us.  We start doing this thing called rationalization. Rationalization is what the preloaded conditions of the lie create, a scenario where we know the lie will be diffused what ever problems could come will be diffused because of our acceptance of the events around the lie. This acceptance of a TV plot seems normal enough but it creates a habit of rationalization.

This is a complex idea

And here are three main points to clarify

  • A show engages in multiple perspectives and uses it to rationalize or diffuse a lie or other choice. This is accessorized by a laugh track or other artificial audience sound.
  • We accept rationalization because there is a story that makes it seem harmless.
  • We shift this into our own lives rationalizing choices because we can fabricate a likely story (excuse) of events could exist to make our choice morally acceptable.

and therefore you can see rationalization occur beyond the vision scope of an actual person. Another word’s; the perspective can shift and rationalize and then shift back where you and I cannot. A simple way to do this is to attempt to see the movie or show only through one character’s viewpoint. Once you start seeing this you realize that the tools to rationalize are largely fictional, meaning in media they exist but in real life rationalization is only through your perspective. And in that is a huge bent toward error as unlike shows and sitcoms you have only your view and a great deal of assumption is shackled to that perspective. And assumption is the mother of future fuckups.

We will tell ourselves whatever lie we need to, to continue our own agenda in the adversity of moral laws.

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