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« on: May 19, 2018, 08:58:58 AM »

Hello again, BMDO-ers.

I hope life and our bacterial overlords have been kind to my favorite group of irredeemable colorers outside the lines.

I've been thinking about something lately and since collectively those here are more invested in movies than anyone I know, I thought I'd ask on this forum what I hope is not the sort of question that sets anyone off.

We live in a violent world and the Unites States for all its comparative prosperity is a violent nation. (If anyone disagrees with either of those views, please feel free to say so but I think we can agree there.) Is the violence in popular entertainment reflecting our natures back at all of us, or does it (also) spur on violence in society? Should the entertainment industry be under the microscope alongside the gun industry in examining why so many mass shootings occur? (After all, a gun can only be used as the mind directs it.) If so, should we who go to movies bear some blame for supporting an industry that sustains bloodshed?

I've thought about this a long time and yesterday's murders in Texas again brought it back to mind.

I don't know if I'll be replying in this thread because my purpose isn't to argue or criticize but I'll read any answers this community feels like submitting to a topic that has long weighed on me.

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2018, 11:29:08 AM »

How 'bout irrelevant?  It's an absurd leap.  Blame?  Your subject is merely distracting.  Movies may entertain ideas, and titillate, but guns enable violence. 
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 12:03:43 PM »

I have seen people get shot. I seen people get stabbed.
And that's just in my family.
On TV I see all sorta stuff. Vietnam and serial killers. This was when I was a kid.
Movies are not going to make you violent.
If your mind is disposed to believe a horror movie is Vietnam-well, you need a drink.  Drink
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2018, 12:57:10 PM »

That debate has been ongoing since the advent of television: does violent programming create violent behavior or not?
Does popular entertainment reflect our culture, or influence it?

I don't know that there is an easy answer.  Since the rollback of the Hayes Code in 1967, the bar for what can be shown on film has slid steadily downward with no bottom in sight.  We are perfectly comfortable with seeing people get shot to death on prime time TV virtually every night, on every channel, yet we freak out if a woman's nipple is shown for a single second.  So what's the solution?  More sex and less violence?  Maybe less of both?  I honestly don't know.

My gut reaction is this:  No good person is going to be driven to shoot someone by a movie or a video game.
But, a person who is inherently unstable might well be influenced by their entertainment choices.
I don't know.
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 06:44:52 PM »

Pretty sure that if movies caused violence then we would all be some of the most depraved people on the planet.

I won't say evil people don't get inspired by them, but there was violence long before TV came along.
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« Reply #5 on: Today at 08:06:46 AM »

Any dissenting voices out there? I would imagine given the target audience here, but it would be interesting to hear from someone with a differing opinion.
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« Reply #6 on: Today at 03:03:48 PM »

There was plenty of violence long before we had movies. 

In fact, before we had movies, people used to be violent to each other for entertainment. 
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« Reply #7 on: Today at 08:13:12 PM »

I'm so glad to see that all of you think so. I do worry the simplistic who blame guns for human violence are next going to target comics, movies, games, TV, and personally even were a link proven I'd trade the lives of a few strangers for my continued entertainment, and I know you would too. Today's outrage forgotten on the morrow.

The real enemy of course are forks, which contribute to a million obesity deaths per year in the US alone. Oh, and distracted drivers, so if you read this while behind the wheel, you're worse than Saddam.

I hope everyone has an adequate summer. I'm off to gun-free Chicago, then lovely London, the stabbing death capital of the world, both while running foes through on the new remaster of Dark Souls, and maybe catching up on Game of Thrones.

Stay armed, my friends!

CODA.
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