Today’s post is a bit of a rant caused by the seemingly endless dumbing down of many brands’ marketing campaigns; the portrayal of parents as helpless idiots in sitcoms; the glorification of mean, crude, stupid, sexist or unethical behavior (again in commercials and “acclaimed” TV shows – for example Snooki and her posse in MTV’s the Jersey Shore.) Apparently a whole bunch of people in Hollywood as well as in corporate arenas, think this is what the American people want to see, that the lower we go, the “cooler” we’ll be.
Personally, I’d like to see more editorial, movies and specials that celebrate the coolness of positive, supportive behavior – amazing teens from all walks of life who are not out getting drunk or high every night; the everyday entrepreneur who has not made millions, but is making an impact on his or her community or industry none-the-less; the countless selfless and enthusiastic volunteers that staff all kinds of non-profit organizations; inventors young and old, established and emerging geeks; interesting historical info pertaining to various country’s leaders as well as their unsung heroes and heroines; expanded inspirational profiles (much like the short “On the Road with Steve Hartman” segments that CBS Evening News runs).
You get the gist – I’m hankering for more feel-good, uplifting stories that don’t demean anyone or lower our expectations of what we expect of ourselves or other people.
What’s your call – have you had enough of lowered expectations, mean-spirited, rude or sexist behavior or do you think reality TV and like-scripted commercials and specials etc. are no big deal??