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Does watching violent movies inspire violence in the real world?
I voted an emphatic NO!!!
Humans are the most violent creatures in the world and we have never needed TV to inspire us to kill ourselves and others. It is something that comes naturally to us. Think about it.
First Known Murder is the biblical story of Cain and Abel where Cain killed his brother in a fit of rage. I am pretty sure that there were no Television or movies at that time. (I may be wrong. I wasn’t there but I am pretty sure they wasn’t)
Violence is NOT new to human. Since the creation of earth, Man has been involved in countless wars. Death was just one of those things. Look at some of the worst mass murderers. Attila the hun; Ivan the terrible, Leopold, Maximilien Robespierre, Vlad the impaler. They didn’t watch movies. Our History is extremely bloody and wild. There is a reason why the term “wild wild west’ exist
Fast forward to the 21st century (where humans were expected to be more civilized), we still had people like Pol Pot, Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin who orchestrated millions of murders and death. Wars are ongoing in several African countries. Torture……maiming…….(This write-up is depressing, isn’t it)
On a lighter note, let’s examine the role of movies
A lot of Nigerians watched indian movies in the 80s.(Ofcourse a lot of them would deny it now, because it is uncool to admit that you watched the movies, but y’all know you did. least ONE). There existed a lot of revenge movies where the dacoits (villain) or the evil Thakur kills the hero’s family and the hero swears revenge when he grows up. He grows up, kills the bad guy and a whole bunch of other people who gets in his way.
Growing up then, I used to hail the hero/ heroes. Afterall, the bad guy is so evil he deserved to die. So when common sense started to seep in, I began to wonder why the hero was killing anyone at all (if he is the good guy). More importantly, why was he killing all the other goons as well who are probably the same age as he. It’s not as if they also killed his family. They were not even born then. Of course I couldn’t understand(and I still don’t) why they(the goons) would go and fight someone, who you have just seen beat and kill 10 other guys. Common sense should tell them that you don’t stand a chance. Common sense should tell them to run.
Present day, there are a lot of violent video games and a lot of violent movies. Why do they exist in the first place? Because we humans like violence. We enjoy it in a perverse way. We have become so desensitized to death in movies that we don’t envision them as real..most of us anyways. So I think it is hypocritical to blame the movies for people’s actions. It is merely an excuse. It is like blaming alcohol for getting you drunk and not yourself for drinking it in the first place.
Though I would make one concession. Violent movies do make violence seem cool, which is wrong. I cannot deny I am a big fan of Kill Bill series. I think that the heroine was darling.
But would I go out and buy a samurai sword and kill a whole bunch of people? Ofcourse Not. ( And It is not just because I don’t know where to get one and I am likely to cut myself first). It is just common sense.
But then again Common sense may not be so common…………. So if you are stupid, that is your fault and not that of movies.
My two cents.