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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Say it Ain't So...

More kids are having sex at school, or so says the Washington Post. I don't doubt it, but they make it sound like a new thing. The truth is when I was in High School it happened quiet often, evidently we were just smart enough to not get caught.


Blogger SMA said...

The US obviously is a much more conservative society than Europe in many ways.

The only problem is that American media and Hollywood are transmitting enviable "liberal" images of American teens and lifestyles through magazines, television and movies to the world.

Personally, I am concerned about their impact on the young in developing/poor countries who lack a deeper understanding of the States. They would just be imagining how things are over there by watching "American Pie","Desperate Housewives" and celebrities.

There's a Burmese saying: "You may let people know, but don't let them see."

10:15 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I kind of see it from both sides. I can understand why other countries would rather not have to put up with some of the stuff from Hollywood, or the presses in New York.

At the same time I wonder,if their own country produced something that grabbed the peoples attention, would it be an issue?

In India "Bollywood" has really worked hard, and done a great job of producing homegrown entertainment Japan is much the same.

Some of the countries that are supporting the new "cultural protection" issues before the UN come off as though they have an inferiority complex.

The French (again, and easy target) already limit the amount of "non French" programming, music, etc. that can be played in the country. Is it other countries fault that the French aren't producing enough quality music, TV and cinema that they have to force their people not to watch others products?

4:45 PM  
Blogger SMA said...

South Korean movies and TV series are extremely popular throughout Asia these days. At the beginning, Korea did use "cultural protection" against foreign cinema, particularly the Japanese ones. Otherwise, I suspect it would have enjoyed such a degree of success.

I'm not really worried about the French though: their cultural tradition is strong enough to do whatever they like. They have their own fans. They might also prefer watching allegedly artistic films from Iran at Cannes. French TV has lots of American programmes.

But I am more concerned with giving more "cultural diversity" to developing countries. If they don't have sufficient exposure to a variety of entertainment industries, people there would just think what they see in Hollywood productions is a normal way to follow.

6:31 PM  

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