We can’t risk falling into a moral trough

EDITORIAL: I like Taylor Swift.

I like her music and her fearless approach to taking on the establishment and the haters who use social media to attack her.

She rises above it all by mostly ignoring it all.

She displays character and power and is lauded for being a strong and independent woman.

People like Swift are incredibly influential.

But I wonder what message she is sending her legion of followers with violent video clips such as Bad Blood?

In this era of ISIS-fuelled terrorism and the alarming increase in gun-related violence in the US and around the globe, do we need another hit song showing violence as the answer to a dispute?

I know it's just a song, but horror movies about people being massacred and tortured are just films.

Worse still are graphic video games where players do the killing in mass slaughter fashion for light entertainment in a body-count competition with their mates.

Does anyone else think something is wrong here?

We need to discuss this issue in a mature fashion.

Is this where we want to be going as a society - lowering the bar of acceptable behaviour and standards instead of raising it?

As we move into a more liberal and anything-goes society (as long as you don't hurt anyone), more and more people are getting hurt.

I'm not suggesting over the top censorship, but a line must be drawn between decency and debauchery or we risk falling into a moral trough.



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