I thank my opponent, Rising Against, for the interesting position he took on the issue at hand:
For now I ask, what does Hollywood primarily promote more so than anything at all? Creativity.
With that I will disagree. I will attempt to show that Hollywood primarily promotes ticket sales, and that creativity is merely a developed mechanism
which allows ordinary individuals to occasionally succeed in what is actually a money oriented business. It's not the writer's that make mega
salaries, but the actors and actresses that fill the roles, do the voice overs, and that sell the movie tickets. The production team as well, tasked
with handling the CGI, also make moderate salaries, but Hollywood needs a face, and charisma, not creativity, to sell tickets. I pause my position to
deposit answers to my opponent's Socratic Questions:
- Do you not agree that Hollywood does greatly help one with expressing themselves, particularly creatively?
Not at all. I have a fine time expressing my creativity right here on ATS, without the need for Hollywood. Creativity is something innate, not
something related to Hollywood, and creative individuals present themselves throughout society. In truth, screenplays are derived from already
successful authors, and rarely are from an unknown writer.
- Can you prove beyond a reasonable doubt that James Holmes committed his crimes largely because of a Hollywood influence?
Of course not, I am not on the jury, and the verdict is not yet in. However, evidence purports a diary planning the attack, a booby-trapped apartment,
and a radical hair color akin to the villain in the Batman franchise. Booby-traps are a staple of Hollywood action flicks, and cosmetic alteration is
another prevalent theme in most horror movies. The diary is sealed evidence, so any direct relation to Hollywood influence in Holmes's mind is
speculation at best, but the inference of a relation is evident by themes in inherent in Hollywood productions.
- Is Hollywood to blame for ones failures, or is it instead Celebrity life?
I'll answer this by stating that money often leads to extravagant behavior, and celebrities lead extravagant lifestyles. Lindsey Lohan is just an
example, but the list is endless, leading one to believe that the glamor and fame of the big screen, coupled with million dollar movie contracts, is
the direct influence of Hollywood, creating a desire in celebrities to stay within Hollywood's good graces for the next favorable movie role. How
many top ten films has Lindsey starred in? Exactly.
With which I'll continue my position:
Hollywood is all about selling tickets, and making money. True, that is the goal of any business, so we can't fault Hollywood there. What we can
fault is the fact the while most business are selling a legitimate product, Hollywood is selling violence, sex, fantasy, and whatever else the
audience buys. There are key tells in the history of Hollywood.
Let's examine the all-time USA Box Office results. I've captured the top ten, but for the sake of simplicity, let's stick to the top five in the
list. (Please scroll right when required.)
1. Fantasy Film, lots of violence and death.
2. Love story, promiscuity.
3. Fantasy Film, Alien invasion, violence.
4. Fantasy Film, more violence.
5. Fantasy Film, violence.
I'll note that Saving Private Ryan is not on the top ten list.
Next, let's look at opening day grosses.
1. Fantasy Film. Witchcraft and Magic.
2. See point 3 above. It's the same film.
3. Fantasy Film. A recurring theme of wanton violence.
4. Fantasy Film. Now we have people drinking blood.
5. Fantasy Film. Blood drinking is popular.
Where are the wholesome films like Saving Private Ryan in this list? Why does Hollywood serve us Fantasy? Do we want it, or is it being force-fed to
Let's take a look at the current week's standings on Hollywood. Will there be anything wholesome? Anything close to family values?
1. Fantasy again. More blood sucking, sexual innuendos.
2. Action. Guns, espionage, violence.
3. CGI. All the fairy tales wrapped into one movie.
4. Historical Drama. What? An anomaly? A good movie, but rare.
5. Adventure Drama. Unrealistic, the tiger would've eaten him after 227 days.
Overall, vampires are trending in Hollywood. Sexy guys and girls, with supernatural abilities are what the audience wants. Really?
Yes, and adamantly so. People pay their hard earned money to watch these films, and the ticket sales show a trend with what is popular. Hollywood
watches the statistics, and grinds out more of the same, continuously addressing what sells, regardless of the content. Anything goes.
If it sells, Hollywood is interested. Unfortunately, films like Lincoln, grossing 13 million, are not a priority.
Hollywood is only interested in your money, and will produce anything to get it.