Youth Journalism International
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., U.S.A. –
Teens are constantly fighting a battle
today to do and be the right thing.
But from music lyrics to explicit
movie scenes, magazine headlines to dirty television advertisements, media
constantly fills the young adults of 2010 with the wrong message.
As MTV would advise, just “live above
the influence” but it is all too easy for teens to come across an advertisement
luring its prey into the temptations of sex, drugs, and alcohol.
With just the flip of a switch, images
of seductive Victoria Secret models flaunting nearly naked shimmering bodies in
front of flashing cameras pop up, before it’s possible to change the channel.
Surfing through popular radio
stations, the lyrics of America’s Top Ten artists serenade with promises of
happiness, respect, and success.
Lyrics such as, “Excuse me miss but
can I get you out your panties?” are part of the 3OH!3 song My First Kiss
and in her song, Blah Blah Blah, Ke$ha sings, “'Cause I know you don't
care what my middle name is / I wanna be naked and you’re wasted.”
As if that weren’t enough, while
waiting at the doctor’s office, pick up any magazine and most likely there will
be headlines reading, “Wake Up Your Sex Life!”, “What to Eat to Lose Eight
Pounds This Month!” and “Best. Sex. Ever.”
Add in the type of messages we
constantly hear and see, and it’s no wonder why rates of pregnancy, eating
disorders, divorce, drug use, and alcohol consumption are so high.
Encountering these media messages is
In maintaining a normal life, one will
most likely cross some nasty language and advice from just about anywhere:
magazines and song lyrics; explicit movie scenes and advertisements; computer
pop-ups and television shows.
It’s endless and it’s surprising how
easily people are influenced.
There is a better way.
The way to keep class and decency in a
crude and indecent world is to choose the right friends, steer clear of corrupt
movies, resist adding songs marked “EXPLICIT” on the iPod, and maybe even get
away by taking a technology break for a weekend or so.
Surround yourself with hard working
people with honorable goals, and see what affect that can have on your own goal
to be better.
Skipping out on another Glamour
magazine and instead opting for an inspirational novel may excite one to do good
and make a change.
Joining a club or organization devoted
to a great cause will give you a reason to spend time away from the computer and
TV for something better.
There’s more to the world than just
what is shown on the television or heard on the radio. With some good friends, a
little inspiration, and a driven character, the world and its media will not
have to be the same again.