Thursday, January 27, 2011

Skins, Your Teenager's Favorite Show

Skins, an intriguing title for a TV show. It is definitely not another “Bones” type of show. Instead it is a British Teen Drama, focused on the lives of your average dysfunctional teenager. Ever since the show has aired on MTV, it has caused many ripples on our television airwaves. The main reason for this controversy is due to the amount of “skin” shown throughout the show. In fact, a few MTV executives were a bit nervous putting the show on-air.

If you're of the old-fashioned conservative type, then you may find the show offensive. That is perfectly okay, however please do remind yourself that this isn't 1962 anymore. The teens on the show depict the true behavior of many troubled teens. Growing up in this day and age can be very wild and crazy. They have 16 year olds doing drugs, having sex and some are even gay! In high school, I remember knowing similar people, some who I even daresay called my friends. So what is the big problem with “Skins”?

Is it because the show is actually giving parents a reality of what their children are really doing? So many parents today are living in outer space. They make countless attempts at trying to limit their child's freedoms. Of course, these attempts usually fail, as teens end up sneaking out their bedroom window to go to a Friday night party. After these teens come home, they get to watch replays of the latest “Skins” show, where these actors are basically re-enacting the night at that party. We don't want teens to see this type of behavior because it serves as a bad influence. Yeah right!

Now, a mere fact that these actors are the same age as the characters they portray may be a bit disturbing. Why? Because these are under-aged teens that are having sex. Or in the show's case, showing too much “skin” which could technically be considered as “child pornography”. However, regardless of the law, the show is still being true in depicting teen life. Of course, every teen isn't some pot smoking, drug using punk, but every school has a few....or a handful.

This TV series is almost like a spin-off of the “Kids” Movie. Does anyone remember watching that? It came out when “Walk-mans” were still in style. In fact, you could even re-name “Skins” to “ Kids, 21st Century”. The plots are similar and the kids are just as loose as before. With a show this controversial, should we continue to watch it or ban it from our homes? If teens are watching this show, could it perhaps have a reverse-effect and convince kids not to make the same immature mistakes as the ones on the show.

Maybe more people should watch this show. More teens might start thinking things through and not become a projected drug user, etc. Keep the show on the air. Expose the truth and nothing but the truth about teens today.

Support to Repeal Current Health Care Law Declines/ Politicians to Act More Respectful

According to an AP-GFK Poll, only 25 percent of surveyed people support a repeal of the current

“ObamaCare” Law. The Republicans are currently in a rock in a hard place. After the fatal killings that

took place in Arizona, many politicians are trying to change their “tone”. My question for our current legislators is why does it take a shooting of a congressman, for our representatives to act more humane. Obviously, everyone who is in Congress, has some interest in our current government. Even the corrupt politicians are still aware of the amount of influence they have on creating and passing laws.

So why has it been so hard for our politicians to sit down and actually discuss the issues. Part of the reason why “ObamaCare” was due to the strong support from Democrats. Some of which knew they would not win re-election. It was almost a race to the finish line: Who can create a pass a healthcare law first? Without thinking about the influence this law has on America's businesses. They were more worried about carrying out the President's Agenda. When we rush to create laws without thinking them through, what is the true goal? Are the representatives trying to polish their tarnished images?

Are Republicans trying to display themselves as the voice for the unemployed? The main argument many Republicans have been using in order to defy “ObamaCare” is that the healthcare bill will cause many employers to eliminate jobs. That it will work with more of a ripple effect. With Americans showing less concern to repeal the bill, what is the point of fighting it? If Republicans want to make a come back, shouldn't they focus on something that more Americans are concerned about? If the healthcare bill turns out to be a big disaster, then let that destroy the image of the Democrats. The Republicans can sit idly on the side and simply say “ I told you so”.

If we reach the point, where “ObamaCare” is highly disapproved of, then let's work together to repeal the law. Sometimes, people learn best through experience. Hopefully, with this new tone of attitude congressmen are trying to display, they might just decide to move on from the “ObamaCare” issue. They should not let their emotions get the best of them. In order to have emotions and perspectives about various issues, we had to listen to someone. This new civil attitude that is being displayed on Capitol Hill may be for the better good. How long will it last? In the next 6 months, will we forget about everything that has happened thus far and return to normal? Only time can tell.

It is time to focus on some more issues that have yet to be resolved. There is still major debate on whether or not abortion should be legalized. Or how about the debate on Gay Marriage? Or better yet, gun laws? That does not begin to sum up all of the issues we have on our plates.