Changing the habits of the heart

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  • Free Agency Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 10:54 p.m.

    At the risk of overgeneralizing, I'd say there are three groups in our society: those who genuinely find violence-for-violence's-sake in the arts "entertaining" (my own brother, for example). Those who genuinely abhor this (my hand is raised high).

    And the third group, which I believe is the biggest: those who don't want to be left out of what "everyone's" saying is a must-see. Not only does this group make sure not to be left out, but they then agree (since the critics do) that, e.g., Tarantino's films are wonderful.

    Yes, we who abhor them must clearly and continually say why we feel that way, and never be browbeaten into feeling we "don't have what it takes to appreciate the arts." Maybe then, some--even many?--in the third group will feel free to say that they actually feel the same way (the "Emperor's New Clothes" syndrome).

    And yes, we must also put our hands and hearts, as much as we're capable, to creating alternatives to the callousness toward, and even celebration of, our fellow humans' pain.

    BTW, I'm a non-Mormon gay liberal. Surprised?

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    @ Mike: Actually, the DesNews has done nothing but wring its proverbial hands for the past few weeks. If they want people to focus on something other than violence, they should spend less time focusing on violence. They are just as guilty as profiting off the violence as Hollywood.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2013 11:50 a.m.

    Isn't it interesting to see how many condone movie violence by condemning the Deseret News for speaking out against that form of violence?

    It's clear that the Deseret News stands for something; that the Deseret News is not content to wring its hands and moan about violence in America; that the Deseret News is willing to point to one GREAT avenue where violence is celebrated.

    It's also clear that there are those who always speak against anyone or anything that tells them that they need to rethink their attitudes and to reevaluate their sympathies.

    Congratulations to the Deseret News for standing against violence and for printing something against the very foundation of violence.

    It's too bad that so many demand to be free to choose their form of violence even as they complain that the Deseret News has revealed their "guilty pleasures".

  • Mike in Cedar City Cedar City, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2013 10:34 a.m.

    This editorial is nothing more than a DN attempt to shift public public attention away from the assault weapons issue. Really, DN, about the only way that Django could kill someone is if the projector were dropped on someone's head. When are you going to do an editorial on the problem of high capacity semi automatic assault weapons?

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Jan. 13, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    I am far from a prude and typically do not suffer preaching from the "pious" but DN is spot on in this case. Tarantino's movies are cartoonish, sadistic and feel like something made by a (talented, yes) violence obsessed adolescent. Should we censor them, no... but lets develop a backbone and the moral courage to call something what it is.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 8:49 a.m.

    DN seems to have jumped from the porn to the violence bandwagon, in an attempt I suppose to get in front of the emotions caused by events such as the Newtown shooting. Unfortunately, the violence they're decrying has existed in movies, television and video games for a long time now, somehow under everyone's nose. In fact, it exists because we consume it. It's a symptom as much as a cause. I don't know what the solution is, but I do know it's a lot more available and acceptable than porn, and I avoid it as I can.

  • George Bronx, NY
    Jan. 13, 2013 12:37 a.m.

    So how many more days can we expect the DN to milk this subject for the purposes of selling more ad space and papers? Your convenient outrage on this subjects smells of the same greed you accuse hollywood of.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 13, 2013 12:32 a.m.

    "The solution, then, isn't censorship or boycotts. The answer lies in seeking out that which is lovely and praiseworthy. There is much that is positive out there, and it deserves our full support. And if there aren't enough such messages in the marketplace, people of good will have a responsibility to produce them in order to provide as many alternatives to the moral pollution that too many in Hollywood see fit to inflict on us."

    How much time and space has the DesNews spent focusing on Tarantino and his films in the past three weeks? Your constant obsession does nothing to improve the situation. If you want the focus on other things, perhaps you should focus on other things.

    Be the change you want to see.