This undated publicity photo provided by Showtime shows Mido Hamada as M.M. in "Homeland, "Season 2, Episode 9. (AP Photo/Showtime, Kent Smith)
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It's obscene. The gratuitous killing and maiming on TV, movies and in games is sickening.
It removes the reality of pain and suffering caused by violence and murder.Seeing someone shot on TV gives no indication of the trauma, blood and real pain and suffering it causes.The horse is already out of the barn.
In the 90s, as computer graphics improved, someone created a virtual depiction of child p_rn (CP). The court decided it was a crime even though no actual child had been harmed.
Maybe Pop Violence should be treated the same way. The idea behind virtual CP is that it motivates pedophiles to harm an actual child. Pop Violence could be argued to have the same effect.
Supporters of Pop Violence will say 99% of its consumers don't act out. Or, that viewing CP isn't entertaining/enjoyable unless you're a deviant to begin with. But, I'd ask why violence (even virtual violence) is enjoyable to anyone. I'd seriously question why those who find it entertaining shouldn't be considered deviant.
When violence is popular, something seems seriously amiss. 99% of gun owners don't misuse their firearms, yet their desire to own weapons is depicted as deviant (anti-social). They actually have a realistic (self-defense) reason for doing so. How does that compare to an industry pushing gratuitous violence as entertaining and popular?
good point AZ.
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