2014 February 01 Saturday
MTV TV Show Discourages Teen Pregnancy

It isn't often that cultural products in our era send useful messages to cut dysfunctional behavior in our lower classes. MTV's "16 and Pregnant" is cutting the single teen motherhood rate.

A new economic study of Nielsen television ratings and birth records suggests that the show she appeared in, 16 and Pregnant, and its spinoffs may have prevented more than 20,000 births to teenage mothers in 2010.

Imagine that the creators of TV and movie screen plays decided they needed to steer the lower classes away from making assorted life mistakes and that TV shows focused heavily on portraying the worst mistakes of the lower classes as choices that the lower classes should stride and struggle to avoid. The message we get from the media would become much more constructive.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 February 01 09:56 PM 

James Bowery said at February 2, 2014 11:35 AM:

Mass media is a biological weapon. Indeed the mass is a biological weapon. One of the nice things about controlling a biological weapon is you can cure the diseases you cause and do so selectively.

_ZOMBO_DOT_COM_ said at February 3, 2014 2:22 PM:

That was also the proposed solution in the 1994 book "The Natural Depravity of Mankind" by Ferdinand Lundberg.

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