I've been watching 'Hillstreet Blues.' This has been a flashback to pre-political correctness. It's raw, it's authentic, the dialogue is believable. People smoke in the office. They use foul language. The men are out and out chauvinists and the women wear dresses and skirts. Racial slurs abound.
I am not minimizing the disagreeableness of blatant racial prejudice, chauvinism and rough police behavior. Compared to more updated crime shows, however, this show's realism is a fresh breeze. The latest cop shows are cleaned up. They're well scripted and predictable. Lot's of moral preaching and social debate. The dialogues change, but the basic action is pre-formed, pot boiler like.
As and educator, I understand the power of visual images, and the repetitious dialogues that can become acceptable in general culture. I am torn. Though I appreciate and understand this, the anesthetized programs seem so phony and inauthentic.
Everyone loves the Bible so much. The Bible, at least the Old Testament, has a lot of violence. We've read this book for thousands of years. We've told these stories for thousands of years. There are consequences for good and bad behavior. Modern film and videos have a different impact. The impressions visual images create do not always present consequences. Without a sense of responsibility, of consequences, authority is decreased, respect is diminished.
I asked myself, how do you teach such lofty ideas like respect? I don't believe it is through talk alone. A good role model with admirable qualities and behavior is important. Even without that, repeated behaviors that become unconscious seem to be a method. The Jewish celebration of Passover has important rituals. Yes, it was great to get away from perusing Egyptians, but many of them died in the process. Their death is recognized by dripping wine to commemorate them. So, you are celebrating another chance at life, but not celebrating someone's death. These violent video games do no such thing. You get rewarded instead.
As for me, I'm going to enjoy this stroll down history lane.
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