When you reward bad behavior with money and fame, you shouldn’t be surprised when you get more bad behavior. Snooki may be a skanky loser, but I wonder how many young girls are thinking, “A skanky ‘loser’ with money, fame, and a TV show sounds pretty good to me!”If you don't get a gig on reality TV, self-promotion is easy enough. Another brawl in a Chicago area high school received wide circulation and a segment on the local news. Another day, another high school, another fight. What's more instructive is the reaction in the comment section. Shall we say there is little sympathy for the notion that people behaving badly might be responding rationally to crummy social conditions, and a lot of sympathy for the counter-contention that bad behavior perpetuates crummy social conditions. Here's the John Hawkins summation.
We seem to start out with an assumption that our culture is healthy, vibrant, and can’t be damaged by any of our societal tinkering. It’s hard to understand what would give anyone this impression when roughly a third of the population has been divorced; 73 percent of black children, 53 percent of Latinos and 29 percent of whites are born outside marriage; and 1 out of every 32 Americans is in prison or on paroleThere's disagreement in the comment section there, at a somewhat higher level of discourse than prevails at the Chicago report.
Yet we slur Christianity, encourage gay marriage, talk up single motherhood, push deviancy in TV and movies, mock morality, and scoff at codes of honor. Throughout most of history, civilizations haven’t looked at attempts to stave off cultural rot as religious zealotry or prudishness; they’ve considered it to be simple common sense.