Violence in movies = violence in real-life? Society makes you think so.

I was thinking back to that movie we watched in September and still found it as a very interesting topic moving forward.

What do some of the best movies ever created all have in common? Violence.

What do some of the most newsworthy headlines on television all have in common? Violence.

As a society we can’t get away from it. Americans love it (in sports too), but it also drives them crazy outside of the movie theater or their home T.V screen.  Gun shootouts, robberies, hijackings, stabbings, and fighting all add up as the core entertainment facet of an action or thriller movie. There will always be a scene where two strangers walk down an alley and one looks suspicious/dangerous. Banks and homes will always be robbed. If there isn’t a fight somewhere along the way in one of those movies than its not an action movie.

In the news, it’s the same thing. I don’t have to go on and describe the types of headlines that grab the views and ratings that stations drool over. Very rarely do positive stories outweigh negative ones in a typical 30 minute show.

This has had a clear effect on how society deals with everyday situations. The nationwide phobia on these movie-esq situations is imminent. Someone wearing a ‘suspicious’ jacket has a hand in their pocket–they have a gun. Hear a noise in your house? It’s definitely a robber. That guy speaking a different language that sounds arabic–he’s a terrorist. Now all of these examples may be over exaggerated as a nationwide ‘thinking’, but these ideas do go through many people’s minds when certain circumstances occur.

What can be done to change this, if anything? Is it just a way people intake the messages that the media is dishing out to us? Is the media wrong in doing what it’s doing–weighing heavily on violent products. Is there even any problem at all?

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About Joseph Saade

Journalism student set to graduate the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2015. Pursuing a dream career in the field of sports journalism.
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