Hollywood vs. the kids

The cultural right’s fixation on permissiveness misses the real threat presented by the entertainment industry.

Fame is the leading value emphasized by television shows popular among 9-to-11-year-olds, a major change from the past, according to a study by UCLA psychologists released today.

Fame was 15th among 16 values in similar studies conducted in 1987 and 1997, before topping the 2007 study. Community feeling — being part of a group — was the No. 1 value in 1967, 1977 and 1997 and second in 1987, but 11th in 2007.

In other words, the narcissistic preening that permeates our culture is only going to get worse. Pray for a backlash.

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