MTV's "Wack" Morality
TKC's Dr. Anthony Bradley Says MTV's Good Intentions Nonetheless Glorify Sexualized Culture
Dr. Anthony Bradley, a senior fellow at The Acton Institute and a Visiting Professor of Theology and Economics at The King's College, writes often about cultural matters for Acton, Evangelical Press News Service, WORLD Magazine, and a wide variety of other publications.
A recent article for The Acton Institute that was re-published in newspapers around the country called the youth-oriented cable channel MTV to task for "glorifying" sexuality even when it tries to do good.
Dr. Bradley writes: "On Dec. 3, MTV announced the launch of 'A Thin Line,' a multi-year initiative aimed at stopping the spread of abuse through sexting, cyberbullying and digital dating. MTV says that the goal of the initiative is to empower America's youth to identify, respond to and block the spread of the various forms of digital harassment. While MTVís program deserves an honorable mention, the network misses the mark by ignoring its complicity in glorifying mores associated with sexting, bullying, and dating abuse, failing to promote the family, and failing to enlist religious leaders."
If MTV was serious about these problems, Dr. Bradley writes, it would "cease the glorification of careless sexuality and interpersonal conflict by canceling shows...like 'Jersey Shore,' 'The Real World,' 'The Hills,' and 'My Super Sweet 16,' [which] glamorize greed, envy, strife, deceit, malice, gossip, slander, and arrogance. MTVís left hand profits...while the right hand now condemns its own broadcasting ethos."
To read the entire article, go to: http://www.acton.org/commentary/561_mtv_wack_morality.php
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