Watched an interesting movie last night, Requiem for a Dream. One of those titles that have you reaching (or clicking, actually) for the thesaurus when you get back to your fast internet connection at work. It means thus; funeral song or hymn. I do recommend the movie, if for nothing but its soundtrack, I must find out if it won any awards.
But to make this less of a diary, I think the movie raises some interesting questions. In a fashion.
It is a movie that exposes an underworld of drugs, diet pills, paranoia and addiction (which seems to follow nicely with those topics). It brought to mind a 60 minutes' piece on compulsory sex ed in secondary schools in NZ. The gist of that exposé was whether exposure in a controlled environment is beneficial under several criteria; for example prolonging abstinence, increasing safety, increasing awareness of sexual issues etc. Of course being todays media it was very unmeasured and had no real informative value (ask the kiddies in front of a camera if the lessons are beneficial and call the results news...doesn't quite compute with me as un-biased and controlled).
But back on track.
Should we show movies that put forward a more "real" side of life? Take it for given that it has to have a bad ending, it wouldn't do to have the drug dealers ending up all successful and getting away scot free. There is a limit to how much reality we should show our youth.
So that's really my question. Should we expose youth to current mires in our society? If we put it forward in a bad, 'here comes the consequences' sort of way, will that improve the decisions they make?
My opinion is yes. Parents (and not just this generation, but the ones before and to come) underestimate their childrens knowledge. Through disconnection with 'current' issues for kids over time (just like at work where after a spell you forget exactly what it was like (and how it felt emotionally) when you started with your company), a sense of 'if I don't know, it can't be happening' (easier put as denial, I guess) and also forcing their limited (in terms of what youth will come across) personal views and beliefs.
So what do you think? I would find it hard to believe that not one of you would disagree, according to 60 Minutes it is controversial enough to put on the tellie.
I think in future I should cut down on the ( )'s. This post is riddled with them but it's home time so I won't be changing it. If you don't like it you can leave.