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Can movie consumption teach us about politics?

Published: Monday, Jan. 21 2013 11:10 a.m. MST

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Ray Owens in Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Ray Owens in "The Last Stand." (Photo credit: Merrick Morton, Merrick Morton)

Can people's movie choices reflect the political mindset of some Americans? Noah Gittel seems to think so. According to his recent column in The Atlantic, the Rogue Cop action films that were popular in the 1980s have fallen from vogue. Gittel suggests that this change in movie preference may actually show a political shift in mindset from Reagan's policies in the '80s to those of today.

However, it seems odd that Gittel would not mention that these changes in movie consumption may actually be a reaction to the connection between on-screen violence and horrific shootings like Aurora and Sandy Hook. Many recent Deseret News articles show the link between violent entertainment and violent behavior:

Matthew Sanders: America needs to curb its appetite for violent media

Network executives evade questions about violent TV, social ills

Media violence 'unchained': Multiple studies show kids are adversely affected by violence in entertainment, news

Matthew Sanders: Reframing the debate on Hollywood's violent profits

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