?This study is proof positive that there is an element of Hollywood deliberately attempting to poison the minds of children. The ultimate insult is that their method has parents pay them to do it.?
This astounding statement is one that every parent, and anyone concerned about our culture and its affect on children, must investigate.
Brent Bozell spoke these words over lunch as we discussed a recent study of programming content on MTV conducted by his organization, the Parents Television Council.
In case you?re not familiar with Brent, in addition to his work with PTC, he?s also the president of the Media Research Center and the nation?s leading expert on all things media. The author of one of the most important works on the media today, Weapons of Mass Distortion, Bozell is the eyes and ears for decent parents everywhere who just might not be able to follow every egregious action of an entertainment industry that is out of control.
First, a warning: The descriptions of the MTV programming described in Bozell?s study and this article are very graphic -- and very real. They are not for the faint of heart. But if you have a teen, and pay for cable television access in your home, you must read the report.
Why? Because, as stated in the study, ?MTV is the most recognized network among young adults ages 12 to 34, according to Nielsen Media Research. It is watched by 73% of boys and 78% of girls ages 12 to 19. Boys watch for an average of 6.6 hours per week and girls watch for an average of 6.2 hours per week.?
Rest assured, if you don?t have a block on your cable television, chances are, your kids are watching MTV. And if you don?t have an understanding with other parents when your kids are in their homes, chances are, your kids are watching there.
One of the most alarming findings in the amazing Parents Television Council study of MTV?s Spring Break programming (March 20-27, 2004):