What is something that shocked you when you were younger that isn’t so shocking now?
Without tooting my own horn, I was a pretty switched on kid – there were a lot of things that would have shocked others, but didn’t really phase me. I was quite aware of my surroundings, the people within and what was going on with them.
I look back and think about things that probably should have shocked me, but didn’t, and then I think about how the same thing would affect somebody else. For example, I’ve talked about how I first watched Rocky Horror when I was like, 7 or 8 or something. Granted, I didn’t necessarily understand it at the time, and I knew that there was something wrong when I got into trouble from Mum for watching it, and she said I was banned from watching it again… but then not so long afterwards, mum ended up watching it with me.
…and again, and again, and again…
Seeing as how everybody is so precious about what their children watch, and people get completely hysterical about this, just the concept of a parent allowing their child to watch something so… controversial would send many parents into a fit. Have you seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Would you let your 8yr old watch it? I guess if we’re going to start talking about censorship and age-appropriate content, then we could open an entire can of worms and talk about all kinds of things like violent video-games, cartoons, language, sexual references etc etc… but I’m not going to – my brain isn’t ready for that today. I’ve had a ginger tea and two pieces of cake, that’s enough excitement for one day. *lol*
Other than that, there are of course other things back then, like horror movies for example – they would terrify me back then, and now I re-watch them and I think about how terribly made they were, and how the special effects were soooooo bad.
Maybe I’ve just formed an outlook from a very early age that nothing is shocking to me anymore… I just take it for what it is. Art. Creativity. Statement. Attention., etc.