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Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 at 02:06 AM.

Despite all the communication arts courses I took that suggested otherwise, I've always believed mass communications, particularly television and movies, can affect human behavior.

After all, in language, why else would slang or certain affectations catch on; in fashion, why else would something become stylish; and why does celebrity culture exist? (Teenage girls don't scream and lose their senses when a homegrown band plays at the small-town festival, that's for sure!)

It's difficult to count all the rap or country songs I've heard that suggest paycheck day means blow-it-all-in-one-day.

Nicki Minaj: "I'ma blow all my money and don't give two (redacted)." Toby Keith: "But I just punched out and it's paycheck Friday ... I'm gonna get drunk and be somebody." (That one really sounds like peer pressure; you're not somebody unless you're wasting your cash and drunk.) 

It's insulting.

Like the Michael Jackson hologram during Sunday night's "Billboard Music Awards." ("Slave to the Rhythm," the song played, is an eerily accurate title. The king of pop can't rest in peace, even in death.)

Or like a newspaper magnate's spoiled son asking an out-of-work black journalist to be his paid, live-in toy. (OK, I wrote this column while watching the 1982 Richard Pryor film, "The Toy." I will truly watch any film with the slightest journalism angle. What an inappropriate premise!)

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