If Only It Used its Powers For Good Instead of Evil takes

As Hollywood gets pounded for marketing sex, violence and sex-plus-violence to kids, many Americans view the spectacle with approval—much as they would a movie in which the bad guy gets his comeuppance. A Los Angeles Times poll of likely voters finds just 25 percent holding a “favorable” impression of the entertainment industry, versus 66 percent with an “unfavorable” opinion. But there’s also a gender gap in anti-Hollywood sentiment, as you can see from the chart. The role of motherhood makes women particularly suspicious of pop culture. Some women, that is. A study by Sesame Street Parents draws a distinction between “sooner moms” and “later moms.” The former “support their kids’ exposure to media culture” and don’t go out of their way to delay it; the latter “limit it” and try to stave off its onset. Polling mothers of kids age 12 and under, the magazine identified 43 percent as sooners and 57 percent as laters. One example of the difference: On average, sooners would let their children watch music videos at age 11.1; laters would make them wait until they’re 12.8. Along the same lines, sooners would let their kids choose their own music at age 9.1; laters would hold off until the children reach 10.2.