The increasing shock value in media

Topic / Culture

A couple people wanted to see this video, so here it is. It was shown at the Acquire The Fire student conference last weekend here in Dallas. Sorry for the poor quality and all the kids screaming in the background. :)

The thing about culture is that it never stays the same. Based on my observations, I would argue that it consistently becomes more graphic and obscene as time progresses. Only 50 years ago the content that was show on TV, movies and sung about by popular artists was a whole lot more tame and innocent. But, because people eventually become accustomed to what they’re exposed to, the producers must continually increase the “shock value” in order to hold our attention. If this trend does not change, I hate to see what kind of entertainment content will be commonplace 50 years from now.

Posted on April 4, 2006

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