World Youth Day is over and I have barely caught any of it on EWTN as yet and I haven’t bothered with the MSM. They never tell you anything.
I have however read the Holy Father’s speech’s. He knows how to tell the truth doesn’t he?
Philip has posted the speeches in full, as well as a post showing a bizarre video of some bloke called Jenson. Read the text of the Holy Father’s speeches HERE and HERE. I haven’t actually had a chance to get the kids to read this stuff yet, but they will when they get an opportunity.
Sometimes I think holiday time is actually busier than term!
In his out reach to the young people at WYD the Holy Father talks bluntly about the real evils in modern life, drug and alcohol abuse and the way the media portrays evil.
“Here too, in our personal lives and in our communities, we can encounter a hostility, something dangerous; a poison which threatens to corrode what is good, reshape who we are, and distort the purpose for which we have been created. Examples abound, as you yourselves know. Among the more prevalent are alcohol and drug abuse, and the exaltation of violence and sexual degradation, often presented through television and the internet as entertainment. I ask myself, could anyone standing face to face with people who actually do suffer violence and sexual exploitation “explain” that these tragedies, portrayed in virtual form, are considered merely “entertainment”?”
He eloquently points out what so many refuse to see. I was struck by these words particularly as at the moment I am reading Teresa Tomeo’s little book ‘Noise’.The subtitle is “How our media-saturated culture dominates lives and dismantles families.”
Josh brought this book back from his trip to America.
The book is pretty short but it is packed with research and case study evidence of the massive damage being done to families and individuals by a bombardment of poor quality and down right nasty media. She tells of the impact the growing and very business savvy pornography industry is having on families.
There seem to be two main areas of the media that parents need to be on top of. First there is the fact that we have to police what our children get access to in programmes, music, internet sites, and friendships as well as printed material such a magazines.
Secondly we need to be on top of how much of even the good stuff we allow. Hours in front of a screen is a bad idea even if they are watching something as excellent and wholesome as Ray Mears.
Most of what this book offers is just plain old common sense. That fact that she has had to write this and that there is a definate need for people to read what she has to say only goes to show that plain of common sense is nowhere near as common as we might like it to be.
She talks about the impact daft thin, nearly dead girls have on the girls watching. Tomeo herself suffered from anorexia as a result of trying to be like someone she had seen on TV. She also points out that the plastic surgery industry is doing remarkably well out of the desire to look like those plastic people on TV.
The book packs a lot of information. There is the increased alcohol consumption among children who admit adverts have encouraged them to drink; there’s the effect of violent video games.