Skip to comments.Violence baked into popular culture
Posted on 12/21/2012 4:41:01 AM PST by Olog-hai
Well aware that the television audience may be particularly sensitive, the Showtime network aired a disclaimer warning audiences of violent content in the season finales of its dramas Homeland and Dexter last weekend. It was two days after a gunman killed 26 people in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.
Thats just one illustration of how violence and gunplay are baked into the popular culture of television, movies and video games. While gun control and problems with the mental health system have grabbed the most attention as ways to prevent further incidents, the level of violence in entertainment has been mentioned, too. There have been unconfirmed reports that gunman Adam Lanza was a video game devotee.
For whatever concern that politicians and moral leaders show about violent media content, its those millions of users and viewers who will ultimately decide whether gore stays on the menu, said Marty Kaplan, director of the Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern Californias Annenberg School of Communication. If fans lose interest, so will Hollywood, he said. Hollywood is exquisitely reactive to the marketplace, he said.
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Pop quiz. 10 points
More people are killed by:
a) gun violence
b) drug abuse
c) Motor vehicle accidents
d) Medical error
I don’t see “leftists” on that list.
you left out abortion...
Don’t make me splain multiple choice to you people
So the boogeyman is video games in this article, it's better than the guns boogeyman.
I believe violent videogames glorifying,i.e. awarding points and winning based on gore and victim count ARE influences on the minds of many.
All those old Westerns and even war movies emphasized good triumphing over evil,and the heroes did not kill unless they had to.
‘’and the heroes did not kill unless they had to’’
Which is evil and part of the wussification of the west. Sometimes it is right and proper to kill people even when people don’t have to.
The problem isn’t violence. The problem is violence for no or bad reasons. -A lack of those old-fashioned values...
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