Thesis: the cookie-cutter format of modern entertainment is discouraging western society from employing creative thought.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am here today to speak on an issue which faces America, and indeed the rest of the western world, on a daily basis in our modern time. We as a culture have unknowingly fallen into the bad habits promoted by a consumerist mindset, leading us down a path of destruction, because the cookie-cutter format of modern entertainment is discouraging western society from employing creative thought. When we drive or bus or walk home from this building in an hour, the majority of us will undoubtedly be almost immediately sucked in by some medium of entertainment, whether our favorite music on the radio or our favorite show on the TV. We may think that this captivation is harmless or trivial, but I am standing in front of you to proclaim that it is absolutely not, because it inevitably results in a slow but steady growth of the vulgar mass mindset which is already beginning to display itself among those who fall into its trap.
How, you may ask, can an individual escape the mold of cookie-cutter entertainment? Does this path lead to an inevitable end? It does not, because there are actions which every individual can take to promote his or her own distinctiveness in the face of these obstacles to creativity. Put down the remote or the game controller and make a conscious decision to promote the growth of more creative media by choosing it for yourself. When searching for your next novel, consider the source. When you pick a movie to see, find a foreign film or a Sundance film, rather than letting yet another generic plotline wash over your shriveling brain cells. In this way, you can actively decide to go against the mold, and in doing so you can promote the growth of creative media. If enough of us can see through the haze of uniform entertainment, we may soon find ourselves in an upward trend of inspiration and originality which will spread to other areas of our lives as individuals and as a society. This, friends, is the wakeup call our humanity so urgently needs in this era of efficiency and standardization.