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Coarsening of American Civility in Television Television programming serves as a catalyst to the coarsening of civility in American society When children and adults view television programs there is a certain amount of retention that occurs Those who say that it is just television and viewers should know not to carry out what is seen are ignorant towards reality The show Married With Children portrays an excellent example of the coarsening of civility in todays American society Married With Children contributes to coarsening by allowing society to view a distorted family The show centers on a particular family that consists of a father mother daughter son and of course the dog Where we come to a problem is the different portrayals of the characters The father has a job as a shoe salesman who dislikes his occupation and when he arrives home every evening he kicks his feet up on the coffee table pushes his hands in his pants and begins watching television A child or youth viewing this may ponder on the idea that he or she will not have to carry out many responsibilities only the responsibility of having a job whether they like it or not When a father arrives home from work he does not set an example for his children if he just sits on a sofa with his hands in his pants watching television The mother is primarily concerned with her beauty and relaxes all day while eating chocolate bon bons Mothers in todays society need to show concern for their childrens welfare not just their own Additionally the son and daughter are portrayed as unintelligent mindless dim-witted individuals The sons primary interest is women and the daughter is primarily interested in shopping While viewing this show as a young child I remember being scolded for sitting on the sofa with my hands in my pants uttering to my mother that I was the father from Married With Children
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