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Hollywood has been putting out movies containing more and more violence every year. The more people that are gunned down in a movie the more money it makes. This has been desensitizing our youth to violence for decades. They portray murderers and assassins as heroes. The more people they murder the more romanticized they are deemed. The violent society we now have was created by Hollywood for huge profits. The unintended consequences are being seen more and more every day. The culture of caring and community has given way to violence for chuckles and grins. This is but one reason for increased violence. There are plenty more and it can mostly be blamed on media and Hollywood which it can be argued are one and the same.
Originally posted by jimmiec
reply to post by antonia
So you agree that our mental thought process can be manipulated.
. They have been experimenting and manipulating our kids thought processes for generations and simply best guessing the outcome.
The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?"
"No," I said, "I wouldnt say that."
"But what about Basketball Diaries?" she asked. "Doesnt that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?" The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory.
"Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me. I'll go out in a blaze of glory."
In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of explaining them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy."