Media Linked To Critical Thinking

This week, I stumbled across a disturbing article that I would like to share with you “Haiku Horoscopes” believers. I think you’ll agree that the ramifications of this story are broad and frightening. This article comes to you from “the wire” — not the news wire, but a live wire in my apartment which I clasp from time to time, when I need a jolt of fresh ideas.

APRIL 15, 2014 — Harsh criticism was levelled against the media in the wake of recent opinions expressed by a 17-year-old resident of Winnipeg, only one of many recent instances of critical thinking.

Although the situation was relatively contained in relation with past occurrences, the problem has now become too big to ignore, and countless fingers have been pointed at media depictions of factual information.

Yesterday evening, the youth questioned authority, and not for the first time, sneaking out of her home to join a group of friends at a party in the area. It was later discovered that the youth used one of the many windows in what has repeatedly been confirmed by her father, Stanley Jenkins, as “my house, not yours,” for this very purpose.

As shocking as this scenario may seem, it is only one instance in a rash of disobedient behaviour by the teen, and in light of this the elder Jenkins is reportedly “cutting her some slack.”

What makes this case alarming is the youth’s subsequent questioning of her father, denouncing his rules as “unfair” and “stupid,” specifically regarding her 7 p.m. curfew. The youth went so far as to back her argument up with examples of people she knew unrestrained by similar regulations, concluding with the statement that she was “17, for Christ’s sake!”

This defiance of her father’s absolute authority has not been ignored within the nation, nor has her blatant taking of the Lord’s name in vain.

“I only mentioned the party in passing,” said the youth, “I wasn’t sure if I was going to go or not, but I figured I’d bring it up in case it conflicted with anything I might have forgotten that my family had planned.”

“Anyway,” the youth continued, ”Dad went totally ballistic for no reason! After that, of course, I had to go, if only to show him that he can’t control my life.”

“This incident is only one symptom of a greater underlying problem,” stated Melissa Grove, head of the Coalition for Control, “which is the recent abundance of free thought across the country.”

Grove blames the media for recent events, citing many common practices of the industry, especially the trend towards realistic depictions of events and treatments of atheism and homosexuality as actually existing.

“When our children watch movies, read books, and listen to music where things like free expression of thought are celebrated, they start to think that these things are okay,” says Grove. “As if thinking wasn’t bad enough.”

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