Originally Posted by Deliverance
I think that drinking on soaps is becoming an issue as well as the fictional characters social lives seem to revolve around the pub, beer from the fridge and spirits when things get particularly tough. Interstingly as a point I noticed that the workers seem to drink lager whilst the 'upper class' (employers) drink spirits and tend treat the workers like sh*t. Something that the workers seem to be happy to accept as they are desperate for work.
I agree with this. I do not mean to say that people copy the behavior of their fav soap characters but i do believe that soaps contribute to the normalisation of extreme behavior. I dont know how to express it better than that.
Our brains do not function on a completely conscious level and we cannot choose where we learn our lessons, I believe the influence exists and we are not always aware of it.
Like advertising, if there was no influence why would they bother to 'cover issues' and why would the charities behind issues be scrambling to have the soaps 'cover' them?
I firmly believe, for instance, that if there was a breastfeeding character in a mainstream soap it would be very influential. I also think Corrie missed a great opportunity to get the message out about breastmilk and premmie babies last year with Fiss and Hope.
It is recognised all the time that the soaps to good work in promoting or spotlighting 'issues', so why cant their negative influences be more openly discussed?
I dont think, btw, that watching a soap full of faithful, teetotal, exercising, healthy people would be very interesting either, but for once i would like to see a couple get together and not be waiting for the 'crisis/breakup', can't someone just be happy?
So, in summary, my children will be 18 before i let them watch soaps ;-)