The Gang Invasion

April 4, 2008 at 4:22 pm (Television, The Way Earl Sees It, Video Games)


What has happened to America? What happened to the good old days when you knew where you were then, girls were girls and men were men. Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again. Didn’t need no welfare state. Everybody pulled his weight. Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days. But now we live in a world where, although the entirety of the world isn’t bad, but certain parts have definitely grown darker. What I’m trying to get at is that, whether it’s been through the music some listen to or through current trends, but there seems to be an uprising of gangs and overall young delinquency, sometimes in schools. I’m not saying it happens in our school or any school in particular, but that it does happen. Teenagers obsessed with fitting in put aside their safety in order to join a gang or a group of misbehaviors, which can lead to a variety of things that could never benefit someone. Starting a drug habit to seem cool or because “everyone else is doing it” (which never really made sense to me) can lead to obsessive and LIFE THREATENING drug use, but not just that. It can have kids starting fights in schools, being expelled and denied a life-significant education, or quite possibly doing something that ends up giving them a few years vacation in a little jail cell, giving their life a bad start. Culture also has a big part to play in this little phenomenon. It makes me sick to see a 10 year old playing a video game like Grand Theft Auto where some criminal shoots down cops, beats down other people, and commits other countless wrongs. They put that M for MATURE rating on the box for a reason! Foul-mouthed Rap Music that promotes gang violence is poisoning the minds or younger children, and some parts of television are only upping the dosage in this concoction of bad influence. Whoever it is that is buying or introducing these bad influences into the minds of the younger, whether it’s the parent, sibling, or whoever, they should really think about what example they’re setting for that child. Sure, the younger have always misbehaved, since the beginning of time, I’m sure Adam and Eve had to scold Seth a couple of times. However, I think it’s safe to say whoever is disciplining the child is in partial blame. There’s a common used saying, “Children are the future”, or at least commonly used on Nickelodeon. I think we should really take this to heart. Children look up to those older than them, mainly people our age. They look up to us, and reflect our behaviors. We should be a good example to those younger than us, and help them to make the right decisions.  I’m not saying this issue is totally without hope, but the introduction of some good influences, and the world can be a better place.



  1. dragonshensei said,

    If everybody’s doing it, go find someone but me to do it with.That’s my motto.

  2. earl said,

    I got this suggestion from a good friend of mine…who’s a girl. I’m gonna use this for this month’s issue James.

  3. dragonshensei said,

    Gee is the girl the person that has a boyfriend that can rip out your spline and use it as a toothpick?

  4. earl said,

    That’s the one!

  5. nolanator said,

    Right on!

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