by Sana Saeed
Little kids imitate. That’s just what they do, all day long. So when they hear curse words at an especially early age, they repeat those words, to anyone, everywhere, all day long, ad nauseum. Ask any parent. It’s embarrassing.
So why print curse words in our student blog macksmack, even if uttered by an outstanding athlete after a heated game? Why air them on network comedies (even out of the mouth of Stewie from Family Guy) ? Why stultify a nation?
Curse words represent the lowest level of intellect and the most limited vocabulary. Easy to use, shocking and emotional, they discourage children from developing a more extensive vocabulary with which they could communicate eloquently with other members of society. Curse words make us all lazy.
Should we condone the use of curse words because we want to be progressive or liberal (and feel sorry for those who don’t use a thesaurus). I say NO.
Should we allow the use of curse words because we can only use 140 characters on Twitter and want to make a BOLD statement. I say USE CAPS INSTEAD.
The use of curse words is destroying our culture, limiting our horizons, reducing our grey matter. And I find it sad that the last protectors happen to be government agencies like the Federal Communications Commission.
Television shows have been using the beep sound to block the cuss word out and block inappropriate images with a black line or by making them blurry.
Watch any episode of Family Guy: as it comes on, the FCC makes it mandatory to place a message that says ” viewers’ discretion is advised.”
This allows mothers to scoop up their children before they end up learning curse words like “female of some carnivorous mammal” or “a lewd and immoral woman” (you know the word) and blurt them out to grandma on weekends. That’s why we need media censors.
Without the FCC, programs like the “Jerry Springer”, which should be completely removed from public broadcasting, would give kids an early human anatomy lesson.
Even on the radio, many stations have to bleep lyrics to explicit songs.
It is completely inappropriate for us to be exposed to the foul language that seems to be taking over our lives — on the screen and airwaves, in our schools and gyms.
The use of curse words is the first sign of a drop in morals and ethics. If you can disrespect someone with words, you dehumanize that person. So what stops you from shoving that person, robbing that person, or shooting that person?