Carol Platt Liebau: <i>Now</i> The're Worried

Monday, January 15, 2007

Now The're Worried

Amazing. After years of ignoring all the clear evidence that graphic images of sex and violence on television can affect the behavior of young people, the press is finally taking notice of the impact that televised violence can have . . . in the context of Saddam Hussein's execution.

Give me a break. There was less explicit violence in what was shown than in 99% of the "action" shows and movies broadcast every day.


Blogger stackja1945 said...

The Saddam Hussein's execution was bad right wing violence unlike the good liberal action shows and movies broadcast every day.

5:18 PM  
Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

I find that fictional depictions of violence as portrayed by Hollywood or TV networks are not as shocking as "the real thing".

An example for me was the film "Pulp Fiction", where the most hilarious moment is when a person is shot in the head at the back of the car. I laughed loud and long. Yet around the same time (1994) I also watched footage of people being killed in Rwanda, and the effect upon me was terrible.

It was because I knew that the guy in the back of the car was an actor and didn't really die that I found the scene hilarious. At the same time it was because I knew that the people I saw being killed in Rwanda were real people who had their lives snuffed out that the impact was great.

I personally have no problem with fictional depictions of violence. I do have problems, though, with real people being really killed.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Have to agree with OSO for the most part. Fictional violence doesn't have quite the same impact. I once saw a clip of a guy in lockup who apparently never got searched. It just shows him sitting there for a moment. He takes a hit off a bottle of water, puts it down, kind of thinks a bit, then pulls out a gun from his pants and blows his brains out. It was the least shocking vid I've seen of real death (The others had to do with terrorists), but it still left me feeling weird. Sadam's wasn't so gut wrenching either but still weird.

However, I will say that there isn't the parental guidance there once was, and there's better special effects than there once was. Between the two, I'm not as certain as I used to be about TV violence and it's effects on kids.

And still again, at the same time, the real depictions, as in the clips of terrorist beheadings and torture, I feel there are some who NEED to see them, so as to appreciate the type of foe we face in the world today. I fear when people are debating the issues and are told of how savage the enemy is, they think of Hollywood savagery instead of knowing what real world savagery looks like. It ain't pretty, and it needs to be fought against.

11:26 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

OSO, profound statement, seriously

The inevitable but

In the case of Saddam Hussein, considering the sheer brutality of his actions, perhaps this case was justified?

8:07 AM  

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