Where Did The Values Go?

“The Andy Griffith Show,” “Leave it to Beaver,” “I Love Lucy,” the “Flintstones”-the list of timeless television classics is long. Yet as enduring as these sitcoms are, they most likely would not appease television audiences today.

When these shows first aired, they were relevant to society’s trends and social norms. Due to the fast-paced world we live in, they became outdated rather quickly. Violence, sexual references and profane language have become regular parts of a “good” show nowadays. Society can no longer connect to the past moral structure and, therefore, is not engaged in watching the shows.

As society changes, the trends change, producing new values and ideas for the coming generations. Therefore, the question remains: “Do the television shows in society today still value the same things as shown in years past?” The resounding answer I have received after numerous searches throughout the media over time, is no, they don’t.

While the majority of these changes stray from the original concepts of morality, glorifying violence and sexual activity between unmarried individuals, some of the values shown today are better than when first portrayed in earlier years.

For example, glamour and status surrounded the concept of smoking in earlier times, as evidenced in shows such as “I Love Lucy” and “Happy Days.” Smoking gave a stereotypical “cool” appeal to young people, which fueled an addictive lifestyle.

However, television today promotes healthier attitudes in society and casts a negative light on smoking, encouraging more exercise and responsible drinking. For example, reality television shows such as “The Biggest Loser” allow society to interact with those who are struggling with weight and find solutions to bettering themselves through physical activities and healthy eating habits.

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