The Controversies Surrounding Polish Youth Magazines

Piotr Nowakowski, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 2:30pm
A216 Padelford

The impact of magazines for young people is a critical issue due to the very nature of their target audience: the generation just reaching adulthood. As a result of his research, the author indicates that the following worrying trends can be seen in the youth press sector: (1) commercialism, (2) depreciation of reason, (3) glorification of fun, (4) promotion of sex, (5) apotheosis of carnality, (6) ephemerality of personal models (7) hegemony of image. These findings present problems of an ethical and educational nature. Parents and teachers believe that the following steps should be undertaken: (1) strive to emphasize moral good, promote (2) the role of reason, (3) the value of work, (4) responsible approach to sexuality, (5) spirituality over consumerism, (6) sustainable personal models, (7) the impact of verbal over visual culture. However, any actions will prove useless, unless the controversy over the content present in the press for the young is not identified by its “consumers.” It is therefore necessary to help the young readers themselves to develop critical judgment.

Piotr Tomasz Nowakowski, PhD in pedagogy; Hab. PhD in social sciences is an associate professor at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin – Off-Campus Faculty of Law & Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola (Poland). Areas of scientific activity: philosophy of education, aretology, pedagogy of mass media, pedagogy of social rehabilitation and  social work. He is an author of several articles in the Universal Encyclopedia of Philosophy (the publisher: Polskie Towarzystwo Tomasza z Akwinu).

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