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Does entertainment have the capacity to ruin society?

  • Two words: One Direction

    All these girls are saying that they are going to marry these five boys who only five lucky girls (if that many) will ever get to marry them. I believe the entertainment coming from their beautiful voices is not the problem. It is the false hope these girls get from these hotties.

  • No words needed

    Its just plan bad. It is ruining us and our society as children are more interested in watching T.V rather than reading a book. It can have some positive assents also but children and even the adults are making it negligible. Its better to encourage children in reading story books rather than watching television .

  • It does ruin.

    Entertainment by every means has the capacity to ruin our society. If someone wants to make a movie based on a very gruesome aspect, his very moral is ruined and so is the person's who is participating to act in that movie. So, when certain kinds of movies are being released, then it only means that, their gruesome aspects are being propagated to more number of people. Also, previously, there was a censor which only allowed few movies to released and few movies had to be watched only by people belonging to a particular age group. But now, even the censor has become lenient as it approves movies of adult ratings to be viewed by children and contaminating their innocent minds as well.

  • It poisons people.

    Look, its not as if every single form of entertainment poisons our minds but the media does. Everything about the news now-a-days goes through the media and they regulate it. They sift through it and whatever they don't like, they throw out and whatever they do like, they exaggerate it. We don't have our own sense of understanding of the world because everything we see is through the eyes of someone else. Although, stating this, it is hard to say that entertainment is 100% negative, without it, our lives would be much more boring and uneventful.

  • It poisons people.

    Look, its not as if every single form of entertainment poisons our minds but the media does. Everything about the news now-a-days goes through the media and they regulate it. They sift through it and whatever they don't like, they throw out and whatever they do like, they exaggerate it. We don't have our own sense of understanding of the world because everything we see is through the eyes of someone else. Although, stating this, it is hard to say that entertainment is 100% negative, without it, our lives would be much more boring and uneventful.

  • Entertainment has stunted the progress of society.

    These days everything's value is determined by how entertaining it is. Since this has caused us to surround ourselves with entertaining things, we have now placed ourselves in the role of an observer, a passive consumer of entertainment. This opposes us to action and creativity causing us to become less productive and less innovative. Worse still is that the more entertainment we consume, the hungrier we become for it and the less happy we are when not being entertained. This manifests itself to the extreme in obsessions and addictions. If people had more self control, I don't think entertainment would be so dangerous a thing.

  • EVERYTHING is entertainment.

    Teachers aren't effective teachers anymore without entertainment. No one goes to mass if it's "boring." Shows get cancelled if they aren't effective in captivating the audience.
    No one does anything anymore unless it's entertaining. Entertainment has only grown as a way to gain an audience since the television was invented, and now with its influence on every aspect of life, it definitely does have the capacity to ruin society.

  • Super Bowl Sunday

    At a cost of 4 million dollars for 30 seconds of Air Time companies will dip into their budgets (which is really our pockets) to have their Commercial on during the Super Bowl.

    The average ticket for the 2014 Super Bowl is $2646.00. Besides 60 minutes of a football game, what else do you get?

    How many homeless people could be fed for the cost of just One Ticket?

    Society is busy spending self-centeredly on entertainment via sports, movies and and television programming that they've become blinded to the needs of their fellow human beings. If that isn't a sure sign of ruin I'm not certain what is.

    Entertainment has become the American Socieites escape mechanism for the Reality Show that is Our Life.

    Wake Up America... Before it's to Late.

  • Yes, but it has to be really cruel.

    If we think back to Roman times, the act of putting people to death or throwing slaves into the arena with lions was considered to be entertainment and people filled the seats and cheered. That culture deteriorated, partly because of this cruelty made public. Some of what we see today might be put into that category but we need to be judicious about how we decide.

  • It has ruined us

    I believe it has, signs show that more and more of our younger generations have watched or listened to the garbage Hollywood puts out. (Monkey see monkey do) children are impressionable what they see and heat from these artists today make them want to be just like them. Arguing will not make the facts disappear. I recently went to the movies and it was just a pg 13 film but the previews had more sex than any other movie I ever saw growing up. Yes its ruined our kids.

  • Entertainment is good

    Entertainment is spread vastly throughout school and homes teaching children and adults alike. When I was younger, I remember staring at the clock, counting the minutes until my mom woke up to unlock her computer for me so I could play my “videogames”. It was not until a lot later that I realized that these “games” were used to teach children just like me math and science in a fun way. Programs such as ABC mouse, and Funbrain are a way for a child to combine both fun and learning. These fun ways to learn are proven to better prepare children for their first years of school; they do not ‘rot your brain’ like it is commonly misconstrued.
    Not only do just children learn through entertainment, adults do as well. All across the television can one find an infinite amount of movies and documentaries based on past events. These visual representations of events and occurrences normally found in a textbook give audiences new insight and understanding as to the true meaning of what had happened in past events. It connects the audience not only in a factual way, but an emotional way as well. Being able to engage an audience while also educating them is a true achievement.
    Entertainment also helps to relieve stress and take one’s mind off daily struggles. Many people, when stressing over life, submerge themselves into music as an escape. Whether that be listening to, or playing music. Many songs on the radio include themes of pain, and break ups, and suffering. Music is a way of coping with this pain and dealing with the fact that life is not always going to go your way. Other forms of stress relief include shopping and reading. Many women find relief in going to the mall and being able to buy shoes or clothes, where they feel in total control over their decisions. Other people, through reading, travel to new places and immerse themselves in new fictional lives to forget about hard times.

  • No . .

    It's a reflection of what we do, want, and think. Mirrors don't make you ugly, books don't make you ignorant, and stories don't delude you. All the things that happen in your mind had the potential to occur nexuses of how you were born and raised. Entertainment has always been an escape that people gravitate towards on the basis of what already appeals to them, and anyone who is seeking entertainment is doing for a reason.

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  • No, Entertainment is what saves us.

    Entertainment leads to an interest in technology and many other sources of creative outlet in our children. This interest will lead to innovation, innovation that will, and already is furthering our society. If anything I would be worrying about disease, or the singularity rather than "Entertainment". Entertainment is essentially what the information age was to it's precursor, something that made it obsolete and further evolved our society.

  • No, Entertainment is what saves us.

    Entertainment leads to an interest in technology and many other sources of creative outlet in our children. This interest will lead to innovation, innovation that will, and already is furthering our society. If anything I would be worrying about disease, or the singularity rather than "Entertainment". Entertainment is essentially what the information age was to it's precursor, something that made it obsolete and further evolved our society.

  • No, Entertainment is what saves us.

    Entertainment leads to an interest in technology and many other sources of creative outlet in our children. This interest will lead to innovation, innovation that will, and already is furthering our society. If anything I would be worrying about disease, or the singularity rather than "Entertainment". Entertainment is essentially what the information age was to it's precursor, something that made it obsolete and further evolved our society.

  • No, Entertainment is what saves us.

    Entertainment leads to an interest in technology and many other sources of creative outlet in our children. This interest will lead to innovation, innovation that will, and already is furthering our society. If anything I would be worrying about disease, or the singularity rather than "Entertainment". Entertainment is essentially what the information age was to it's precursor, something that made it obsolete and further evolved our society.

  • Entertainment has existed for as long as humanity has, and it has yet to "ruin" society.

    While it may have the capacity, it does not and likely will not actually "ruin" or corrupt society. The fact remains that we as human beings are the one to have created entertainment in the first place, so by blaming things on entertainment, we're really blaming it on ourselves.
    It also depends on your exact definition of "entertainment". While one may argue the health/mental/cultural risks of video games, television, and IPhones, the definition of entertainment is the action of providing or being provided with amusement or enjoyment. Therefore, books that you might enjoy reading in your free time, or art (including that of Picasso's) or music (Mozart, for example) would all be considered entertainment.
    It also makes up a whole section of history: the Renaissance. The Renaissance was considered the "art period", and if books, art and music would be considered entertainment, then the Renaissance was also a period of entertainment.
    I can also speak from personal experience when I say that music, art, and writing have literally saved not only my life, but the lives of hundreds--if not thousands--of other people. It's an outlet of personal expression, particularly for those who have no other way of doing so, whether through the art you draw for a TV show, the script you write for a movie, or the music you make for a video game soundtrack.
    It's also been proven and reiterated many times over that video games do not psychologically make you more violent; most people who play do not become physically violent. (You cannot say the same for all games either; some are specifically designed as learning materials for kids, while some like Thomas Was Alone or To The Moon do not have any sort of violence and focus more on the story line.) In some cases, video games can even be used to help people.
    So one can't really say that entertainment is at fault. It has the capacity, perhaps, but it has not ruined society as of yet, and I don't see it doing so anytime soon, when this site itself is technically a form of entertainment.

  • What is your definition of "ruin?"

    Virtually every pro post I have read talks about changing mind set and how this form of entertainment is wrong, or this is wrong. I would say entertainment is a means of expressing yourself through said medium. The definition of "bad" changes from person to person. This doesn't mean society is ruined,it simply makes people more aware. THat saves society.

  • Any arguments against entertainment ruining society are pointless

    Though many people may believe that entertainment has ruined our society, the truth is merely that it only advances us further into the future. Our sheer desire to be entertained and to live life easier is what stimulates our creativity and innovation. But everything in our world has the potentiality to ruin us. It is how we handle each problem that defines our society. We can't just put all the blame of our failures on entertainment because the previous generation has never experienced what we have and the world moves to fast for them.

    Posted by: Brai

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