I recently got the opportunity to show one of my friends the wonders of “Skins.” She turned to me halfway through and said to me that the show really does glorify drugs, sex, and alcohol. I nodded and kept watching but she wanted to talk more on the subject. So I figure it would be good to explore this topic more in detail.
I agree that Skins does glorify sex, drugs, and alcohol. I do not think though that television should be the source of teaching people morality. Though it certainly reflects the current societal morality. Meaning the show represents some portion of real life that exists and then distorts it for entertainment purposes.
Now does this have detrimental effects on young people? There is no doubt that media has an effect on how we see the world, others, and ourselves. However at the end of the day the show outside of the drugs, sex, and alcohol are lost individuals trying to do the best they can. With everything there are the things on the surface that parents, politicians, and those who offend easily fixate on and then there is the heart that lies within that superficiality. The advertising and the sell is the glorification of those things and the art comes from the characters themselves.
So in short…television is what we want it to be…and what we are being sold. So writers especially for television and anything else really there are two things that must be thought about: how to be popular and how to express.
What do you guys think? Do you think that Skins glorifies and if so do you think that it is wrong, right, or are you indifferent?