Who and What is the Happy Warrior
This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.
(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
What you watch is what you doA new analysis of more than 25 years of research has shown that exposure via the media to activities such as street racing, binge drinking and unprotected sex is linked to risk-taking behaviors and attitudes.
The connection between risk taking and risk-glorifying media – such as video games, movies, advertising, television and music – was found across differing research methods, media formats and various forms of risky behaviors, according to an article published in a journal.
The effects are likely to occur both short- and long-term, while increased exposure is likely to be associated with increased risk taking, according to the study's lead author, Peter Fischer, a psychology professor at the University of Regensburg in Germany.
Really? I am shocked! Watching risky behavior actually normalizes such behavior in the "real world". No, how could that be? Actually I'm surprised that behaviors such as street racing, binge drinking and unprotected sex have not been politically corrected out of the realm of "risk behaviors". Although don't think I did not notice the careful avoidance of "pre-marital or extra-marital sex" while identifying the more PC practice of "unprotected sex". I submit that there are many married couples engaging in unprotected sex whose behavior is the opposite of "risky" while there are thousands of single mother's who, because of pre-marital sex, now find themselves and their babies facing a life defined by risk of economic, academic, social and health ruin. It is not "unprotected sex" that carries such high risks but a cavalier social concept of sex as a recreational and inconsequential past-time (completely unconnected to any form of a committed long term relationship) that is not only risky but psychologically, socially and economically ruinous. And yet, getting back to the main point of the research above, this conception of sex proliferates every form of media in contemporary society. Try watching a motion picture or an evening of sit coms without this type of relationship being positively and prolifically promoted.