Sending healthy messages to your children is also not a part-time, "I'll do it when I feel like it" sort of thing. The reality is that your children are being bombarded by messages from other sources, namely popular culture, that are truly unhealthy.
With all the commotion concerning Palin's alleged revisionist approach to Paul Revere, what has gone completely unnoticed is that her comment on Revere had more to say with Palin's admiration for the late Argentine fictionalist, Jorge Luis Borges, than anything else.
A perfect example of my definition of high art is the Oscar-nominated The Secret of Kells. It uses traditional 2-D techniques and is completely accessible -- what my recent critic might call solidly bourgeois middlebrow.
How does most of America spend its leisure time these days? Not volunteering or bettering ourselves physically, intellectually, or spiritually. Rather, most of America seems to immerse itself in popular culture.
I believe in truth in advertising, so we should stop calling popular culture popular culture because, well, it no longer is a reflection of popular sentiment. I think a more accurate phrase is "synth culture."
Science fiction is really a mirror and weather vane of its era. So it comes as no surprise that the dominant tropes of contemporary speculative fiction reflect the growing malaise and distrust of science.