OK, whenever I hang out with a friend, we end up killing time watching TV or movies. I consider these interests a waste of time, so I don't watch TV or movies on my own. I'm very "outside the bubble" on what's "cool".
When he introduces me to what's popular these days, I am shocked to discover how violent and sensationalistic 75% of the movies and TV shows are. Young people seem particularly attracted to this type of content. One example is half the programming on Comedy Central. This channel scares me a lot. When did it become normal to show highly sexual images every 2 minutes? When did it become funny to exploit animals for people's entertainment? And when did it become normal to show violence every scene? Family Guy is another example of sensationalism. What's funny about joking about real people dying? What's funny about making inappropriate sexual references ten times every skit? Although I find it terrible, I guess I know why the show resorts to sensationalistic, controversial humor: most people LOVE it.
If I am going to sit down for 2 hours to watch a movie, it's going to be something like Finding Nemo or some other family-friendly movie. If I watch TV, it's usually going to be educational, or at-least not violent.
The violence and sensationalism in today's media has gotten so bad that I even told my friend I will not watch most TV or movies with him. When a show containing violence is on the TV (every time I'm over), I have to step into another room to ground myself. I don't hang out with him much because I cannot stand the filth he attracts into his mind.
Is anyone else like this?