I was a student who played in one of those drinking and driving scenarios back when I was in grade 11. They had makup artists come and make us bloody and disgusting and pulled out two smashed up cars for us to get into to playout an emergency procedure as they hauled us out with jaws of life and all that good stuff. I think I got to play the dead guy if I remember correctly.
In all honesty, it didn't go far enough if you ask me, and the above situation isn't all that shocking to me.... in fact, I promote it.
Nobody seriously died, nobody is going to go and commit suicide because of being lied to, and all they did was play with their minds to activate the emotion button to make something stick in their heads, which needs to be done more often these days.
Hell, parents used to (Dunno if they still do it) go and haul their kids into prison or jail for the night to scared the snot out of them and to be scared of being yelled at by criminals inches away from them as they yelled and screamed at them......
.... It did a kid good to scare some sh*t out of them, and I think that's what's missing in todays kids.... they need to be scared sh*tless of the world.
In response to Kreskin's quote:
"The flipside is every new generation has dealt with more 'shock and awe' than the last, and none of it has done much good. Perhaps if we lessened the amount of shock entering their heads they'd be in a better position to think clearly and make appropriate decisions."
I tend to disagree with that. What you are describing sounds like pampering, censoring and protecting them from the realities of life. If you don't educate them of both the good and the bad in the world, how can you expect them to make appropriate decisions?
That's the problem with today's teenagers and their views on sex. Nobody is teaching them the proper things to know anymore, and they're going around thinking Oral and Anal sex isn't actually sex..... and now the STD's are spiking considderably.... esspecially in the US from a few reports I have come across.
Avoiding the realities of life doesn't help them in the slightest.... it only creates ignorant children who make very poor decisions because they don't know any better or were never taught any better.
You claimed that each generation is subjected to more shock and awe over the last generation..... and to a degree I can agree, but I also disagree as well. Think of all the things our grand parents and parents grew up experiencing during the great wars as children.
Think about what it must have been like for children in Europe during WWII with dead and rotting soldiers and civilians scattered through ruined cities and towns.
What about the drug crazes of the 60's?
How about the Victorian era?
Public Witch Burnings and Guillotines?
I agree that more graphical content is being shown through our medias then ever before.... but when it comes to the actual public displays that used to pass through our societies over the decades/centuries.... I'd say children are more protected from those things then ever before......
Hince also why many might think they're invencible.... that they can drink and drive better then someone else..... that they won't get an STD from giving a blow job, etc..... they are not exposed to the harsh realities the generations past had to go through.... everything is a computer simulation, a movie, TV show, or something on the news in another country..... they don't have a direct connection to loss and consequence and to me, what they did above by faking the deaths of fellow students, is exactly what the doctor ordered.
Last edited by Praxius; Jun 11th, 2008 at 11:44 AM..