There are times when it is quite difficult to determine why people are so ridiculous or seemingly ignorant when looking at the topics that make national headlines. For reference, the following articles sparked this post:
“Sexiness” of Ads and Other Media
First off, I understand the concern that being bombarded by media depicting a specific physical image can cause a number of possible negative feelings in individuals based on their opinion of their appearance compared to the images portrayed. I also understand the idea that media aimed at specific age groups should attempt to depict those age groups in a socially acceptable manner (i.e. you wouldn’t market diapers for young children with a campaign of Victoria’s Secret models wearing said diapers). However, I also understand the idea that parents should be held responsible/accountable for raising their children properly and with the knowledge to understand the differences between media and real life.
That last statement is truly the sticking point for this portion of this post. The video linked above is talking about the Victoria’s Secret “Pink” line, which is theoretically marketed to teens, being similar in content to their normal advertising (sensual poses, lots of visible skin, etc.). My question, though, is why is this an issue for such controversy when the clothing being marketed is intimate to begin with? Isn’t that the point? Isn’t this an expectation of a company that specializes in intimate apparel?
The second video is even more ridiculous. Who could possibly think that additional taxation on a society that is already heavily taxed is a good idea? Further, how could anyone expect a tax on email to effectively change anything about the spam email they are supposedly trying to stop with such a tax? It is a ploy for generating additional revenue and nothing more. Spammers are not going to suddenly seek legitimate methods for sending out their emails, which means this is nothing more than a way to try to cover up an attempt to add yet another source of revenue through taxation.
Quite frankly, this “logic” is part of why our society is already over-taxed. The government/political mindset is completely and utterly ridiculous. The video goes on to mention the possibility of taxing text messages/mms messages/other electronic methods of communication. If anyone thinks this is a good idea, please enlighten me with your reasoning.