Violence? Smells like money to me.
Based on that other article a couple days ago about gun show sales Americans
still relish real guns. Last I checked nobody has ever beaten someone to death
with a DVD case.
When I go to see even a family movie, I need only to watch the trailers for
coming features to have my senses jarred. A typical two-minute trailer of an
action film is packed with rapid fire sequences of violent moments and villains
with steel-cold eyes that let us know that these guys can only be stopped by
'good' guys with guns.When those films are released, they
often are the box office blockbusters that haul in a hundred million bucks the
first week. The studios and distributors obviously know to pitch their product.
But what does that tell us about us?
That people can respond to the murder of 20 children by making the producers of
maximally violent movies the big winners is very disturbing.
Hollywood is worse than the NRA when it comes to profiting from and dehumanizing
violence. Let's see who wins the constitutional debate between freedom of
speech or right to own firearms.
I don't waste money on movies and haven't for years. It's
amazing to me that anyone would spent the exhorbitant price of a movie ticket to
go watch the violence, blood and gore associated with far too many movies. Why
would anyone want to fill their mind with such garbage, all in the name of
entertainment, and think they are making a good choice?
The problem is deeper than I think most people let on... we live in a culture
that views death as the solution to most problems. Rather than cherishing life,
reaching compromises and mutual understanding, we opt for death as the way to
fix things. Media is particularly guilty of this. How many times
have you cheered when the bad guy is finally killed in a decisive way--such that
you know they're not going to come back and kill the good guy? The fear that's preached is that if you don't kill your enemy, you
won't be able to live. I think taking a healthier look at
entertainment in all its forms is a healthy step in fixing or reducing the
violent outbursts in society as a whole. Not sure what can be done, but I would
hope more people would be interested in fixing this, rather than seeing it as an
impediment to personal freedom. Perhaps better parental and civil controls could
limit the amount of violence in media. Perhaps we should encourage hollywood to
produce entertainment that doesn't rely upon lazy storytelling in order to
bring about a satisfying movie ending.
We laud movies like these, so ultra-violent, yet abhor events like Newtown or
Aurora and the tragedy that follows. We will continue to suffer tragedy until
we decide to view media that equates those same values. What a shame that
we're so hypocritical.
JCS; I agree wholeheartedly with your premise. the way to stop the production
of these movies is to not spend money going to see them. as for aggielove;
"surely you jest!" and for Mojules: the same.
I think we should ban chainsaws.
This story proves that modern society is continuing to degenerate and an
alarming rate. With a general public that is willing to pay top dollar to watch
movies which glorify senseless violence, it is no wonder that real-life
massacres are becoming more and more frequent.
We need to ban all movies.