You think people today
are constantly bitching about how video games and online pr0n and whatnot are "corrupting our youth"? It's been going on for centuries, people. Wired.com has an excellent article quoting a number of anti-culture lines from the past 200-some years
"The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, andplays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many apromising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds inuseful knowledge. Parents take care to feed their children withwholesome diet; and yet how unconcerned about the provision for themind, whether they are furnished with salutary food, or with trash,chaff, or poison?"- Reverend Enos Hitchcock, Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, 1790
Wonder what he would've thought of Jackie Collins? Or, even better, Cormac McCarthy?
"Many adults think that the crimes described in comic books are so farremoved from the child's life that for children they are merelysomething imaginative or fantastic. But we have found this to be agreat error. Comic books and life are connected. A bank robbery iseasily translated into the rifling of a candy store. Delinquenciesformerly restricted to adults are increasingly committed by youngpeople and children ... All child drug addicts, and all children drawninto the narcotics traffic as messengers, with whom we have hadcontact, were inveterate comic-book readers This kind of thing is notgood mental nourishment for children!" - Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 1954
Ever read 30 Days of Night
And, of course--ROCKAMAROLL!
"The effect of rock and roll on young people, is to turn them intodevil worshippers; to stimulate self-expression through sex; to provokelawlessness; impair nervous stability and destroy the sanctity ofmarriage. It is an evil influence on the youth of our country."- Minister Albert Carter, 1956
You just need to listen to some Guns n' Fuckin' Roses, buddy.
One thing I noticed about that list, too, is that--with the exception of Hillary Clinton (who has spoken out against Grand Theft Auto
)--all of the authors speaking out against how some artform or medium or another is going to destroy our youth and morals are all religious
. I have yet to witness anyone ever criticize an artform or anything this vociferously from, say, aesthetic or ethical principles without
invoking some kind of religious claptrap. Seriously, if anyone knows of any non-religious
criticisms of art, culture, or otherwise, let me know, because I'd love to read them.