and sex - GROW UP ALREADY!
Back in the sixties there
was a massive change in the media. Of course this was due to
the whole sexual and freedom movements of the time. There was
a mammoth shift from social conservatism to a rather immature
new "realism" and this was reflected greatly through
the media at the time. Mind you, it was not until the seventies
that broadcasters stopped putting on "awfully British accents"
when they were reporting news or current affairs. Even here
in Australia newsreaders had British accents, even if they were
from downtown Parramatta! So in this brave new world of a freer
media suddenly by the seventies, Gay Byrne was interviewing
the likes of Bob Geldof on Ireland's national TV station RTE,
and discussing "the sexual revolution" (Ireland was
about 10 years behind the rest of the world). Now the media
was allowed to use the word "sex" and that was fine.
zoom forward to the now. Yes, now. Thirty years later and it
seems that any talkback radio show, every comedy, and
most discussion shows include sex in them. What is going on?
Are we REALLY this frustrated? Are we not getting sex in real
life so we have to go on and on and on about it in the media?
We're like a bunch of spotty hormone-driven teenagers for God's
sake. Call me a spoilsport but I find this obsession with sex
sooooooooooooooooooo boring. I was watching Irish Comedian Graham
Norton on Foxtel (Australia) with his "So, Graham Norton"
show (Channel 4 UK) and the whole show is based on a shallow
concept that sex is funny. The show is actually 4 years old,
but that doesn't matter.
Tonight I was listening to Damien Kiberd on Newstalk 106 (Ireland)–
talking about a Russian man who had his penis transferred from
its normal place to his arm so he could enlarge it. I mean,
am I just an old fogey or is this stuff interesting? Who gives
a shit? Now I'm listening to Sean Moncrief on the same radio
station and he is interviewing someone about the issue of sex
messages being sent to people's mobile phones. IS THERE
NOTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT?
I have no problems with jokes about sex, and so on, but for
God's sake, is nothing else funny? It seems to me that as a
human race, we are really immature. I'm 42. I spend most of
my time circulating with people in their 20's because I live
on a popular beach for young people in Australia (Bondi). I
love young people because they have so much positive energy
- that is, they are not yet worn out by life. And I have to
tell you, these kids don't do crude sex jokes every
five seconds - yet on TV it's all about sex. Maybe the media
has it wrong. One way or the other I'd like to say GET