Monday, November 16, 2009
Austin: The Rape of Decency
Austin and Justin are friends again! Yay!
*whew* I'm glad that's over.
So here I am at 8:30pm, and I'm still at work. Of course, I would rather be at Musical Mondays (I'll be there soon), but I had some late work to be done. I came back to my desk to find Justin's latest post. I have actually never seen The Wire, but I hear good things about it.
To great expectation of entertainment, I began watching the clip. I mean, I figured the 100 Greatest Quotes from this series would be a great way to gauge my potential interest. However, it seems that the basic premise of the show is how to use every swear word in the dictionary in the smallest amount of time... that, and some sort of sporting event... and drugs and violence. Am I far off, Justin?
Anywho, after 10 minutes of hearing the F-bomb dropped in every possible way (sort of like a curse word Kama Sutra), I began to realize how de-sensitized we have become. I'm sure it's an argument that has been spun since sitcom husbands and wives began sleeping in the same bed, but it does seem like TV and movies are being gratuitous just for the sake of gratuity.
I love a good rousing swear word like the next person, but come on. Do people really talk with that much color in their language? If they don't, then the kids watching these types of shows sure will. Also, aren't we getting away from the true purpose of strong language? It should be to emphasize or call attention to something. A well-placed profanity will cause more of an impact that a string of profanities.
I guess I'm not fighting for the entertainment business to clean up their language, per se. I just want them to use these words sparingly so the next time I say, "Fuck you, you piece of shit asshole!" it will have the desired effect. Is that too much to ask entertainment industry? Huh?
Have you no decency, sirs? At long last, have you no decency?