The reporter rang and asked what did I thought of swearing? More to the point, what did I think of the increased, continued and blatant use of swearing in all aspects of life?
It's an interesting question and it exemplifies two main principles.
First, the continued use of swearing in the media for example, including television, the movies, the written press and so on gives permission for many of us to use such language in our own lives. If "they" do it, and I also see my friends or acquaintances do it, then it must be okay for me too. Hence, we all start to become desensitised; in other words, we simply get used to it. This is dangerous. Simply because we hear it often, and by numbers of people in different contexts doesn't make it right.
Secondly, this is a prime example of how the thin edge of the wedge becomes an avalanche. Yes, it might seem prudish in the beginning to complain about the use of swearing in various television programs, or it might seem to be ultra-conservative, but it starts somewhere and the thin edge of the wedge needs to be complained about. Open a crack and over the years (even a decade or so) and the flood-gates open. Then it's too late.
Interestingly, the reporter also asked, what do we do about it now?
How do you plug the dyke? When the dyke breaks, it's useless trying to put your finger in the dyke.
It's a lesson in early intervention. Yes, you might be labelled prudish or something similar, but who wants a general lowering of standards for our community?
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