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Published: Sunday, July 7 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Rather than slag Hollywood, which is way too easy, ask a different question. Why do we only want to watch increasingly violent movies? We're free, thinking people who have the option either individually or en masse to watch the terminator or the care bears. Film producers then play to where the money is.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

It's not pseudo Jeff, it's make believe, and pretty much every human knows the difference between reality and make believe by the age of 8. Have you per chance read the violence in the early Greek dramas?

FreedomFighter41
Orem, UT

Yes. It's hypocritical.

But now you folks are being hypocritical. You bash Hollywood while also suggesting that "guns" are merely a "tool" and that processes like "background checks" are an infringement on your 2nd amendment rights. You demand for smaller government on one hand and then demand that the free market of the movie industry be impeded by the government. Hollywood is just making what sells!

If that's not hypocritical then I don't know what is!

Once again, while the right concentrates so much on bashing the left they end up torpedoing their own arguments.

isrred
South Jordan, UT

It's called the free market and capitalism. You conservatives practically worship it. Sometimes it produces things you don't like.

one old man
Ogden, UT

It mystifies me why anyone would spend hard earned money to go watch the garbage that comes out of Hollywood to pour across movie screens.

Nothing will change until sensible folks take action that hits Hollywood (and TV) squarely in the pocketbook.

Eric Samuelsen
Provo, UT

Hollywood generally doesn't produce 'violent' films, they produce 'action/adventure' films, in which good guys defeat violent bad guys by being better at violence. Hollywood creates preposterous make believe worlds, which we watch because they're fun. If a movie turns out not to be fun, people don't see it, it loses money, and those producers and writers and directors don't get their next project funded.
And the rating system has absolutely nothing to do with morality. It's a marketing tool.
If you didn't like The Lone Ranger, well, don't go see films directed by Gore Verbinsky. But he got to make this film, because he directed the very violent Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which people liked a lot and which made lots of money too.

one old man
Ogden, UT

pragmatist, I'm afraid not everyone learns the difference between reality and make believe by age 8.

If that was the case, why would Glen Beck or Rush or Hannity or Fox have anyone to listen to them and repeat their fantasies?

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

I yield the floor and agree one old man.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Nobody is forced to watch anything containing theatrical violence, so your budget for it can be literally zero. But Jeff's comments bring up another question: How does he feel about REAL violence, tax-devouring, family-destroying, life changing mayhem taking place in any or every place on the globe? Is it really just "collateral damage"? After all, you can find real violence even in places where there is almost none of the cinematic kind.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Over the 4th of July holiday over 70 people were victims of gun violence in Chicago, all with illegal guns in a city that has the most strict gun laws in the nation! Not a single word about that in the main stream media! What can we conclude from that?
#1: Gun control laws do not work, never have and never will.
#2: The media is too busy covering for Obama and anything that sheds truth on his failures shall not be mentioned!

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