Originally posted by epski
There's no substitute for good parenting but, as a filmmaker, I am quite aware of the power of images, and I will certainly endeavor to keep that in mind as I make films that will be seen by the general public.
Please do (in the filmmaking end, I mean). As a former director of a TV station, I'm also aware of the power of images (to tell a story, sell a product, whatever) and know that the advertisers we had were paying me for a service and that service was to make the thing they're trying to sell stick in the public mind, however good, however bad. I believe the exact nail was hit on the head when you said "there is no substitution for good parenting". The media can only do so much, but if the parent does not teach the basic right from wrongs, then the media is forced to be the parent and we all know where that leads to... The young, impressionable minds should be taught by their parents and need to be taught by their parents. The schools can't do it, the media can't do it (nor does it want the job, I might add), music can't do it and even the arts and sports figure "role models" fail. It all comes back to the parent. As a filmmaker, you can only do so much but until the individual parent takes the time to teach their kids, those images that you or anyone else present will be misconstrued and twisted to fit the improper reality.