It might be a huge leap I’m making here, but try and stick with me for a minute.
The new report released by an influential (sic) group of MPs suggesting anti-social teenagers are making many of our towns and cities “no-go areas” after dark throws up a few interesting statistics.
The public accounts committee has criticised the Home Office for not researching the effectiveness of anti-social behaviour measures introduced during the last decade more stringently, whilst the MPs themselves claim that general yobbishness across England and Wales is costing £3.4bn a year.
Not surprisingly, the committee’s report has sparked the usual round of political pugilism – largely ineffectual with very few shots actually landing and everything ending in a rather unseemly and confusing mess.
As with so many other pressing issues, nothing much really comes of this study or the various responses.
Yet we still have a flourishing yob culture that is rife across the country and is apparently getting worse as the majority of us are learning the hard way to avoid certain places after dark.
It is acknowledged by almosty everyone that we have a problem as regards anti-social behaviour.
So why is it served up as “entertainment”?
There are several classic examples where the worst excesses of our yob culture are presented as items to titilate and entertain.
Some of the worst television of this kind is currently being aired in the guise of adverts – those largely harmless 30-second attempts to sell us stuff.
And sitting proud at the very top of this festering pile of obnoxiousnesss is the MFI “problem family” adverts.
Quite what those creatives responsible for the adverts were thinking is beyond me. Quite why MFI thought the ads would paint them in a good light, especially after all its recent worries, is equally unfathomable.
The ads do not exactly portray your local MFI store as an attractive place to spend time and money, full to bursting with beautiful people you are happy to share even a small part of your precious life with.
Yet the big question is are these television adverts slices of fiction with a fair bit of dramatic licence, or are they mini-documentaries about the UK’s Average Family?
Whatever the answer, it is going to be depressing.
Combine this with the majority of reality television – where ignorance is encouraged, celebrated and served up as prime-time television – or info-tainment that never allows the facts to get in the way of “news” coverage and simply adds to the dumbed down attitudes.
That’s entertainment in modern Britain. Little wonder we’re in such a state.