Despite making billions of dollars a year from showing commercials (the entire purpose of which is to influence behavior), the entertainment industry loves to claim that viewer behavior is not influenced by violence shown in media. But a new report from the National Academy of Sciences says differently.Read more →
In response to the growing tide of Americans sick of media violence, the Motion Picture Association of America launched “Check the Box,” which it claimed would help consumers. But in fact, the new campaign was meaningless. PTC President Tim Winter recently discussed what a movie ratings system OUGHT to look like.
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Remember the oh-so-earnest PSA featuring Hollywood celebrities in the aftermath of Newtown, calling for Americans to “demand a plan” for dealing with violence? Hollywood’s plans evidently didn’t involve curtailing on-screen violence. According to published reports, the esteemed Cannes film festival’s preview trailer showcases some intensely, “ultra-violent” films.
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Those who run TV networks cannot seem to decide whether showing a violent TV episode after a real-life tragedy is a good idea or not.Read more →
With TV networks constantly pumping ever-more explicit violence, nudity, and graphic sex over the publicly-owned airwaves, it is nice to find one TV station that still understands the concept of operating “in the public interest.”Read more →
Even as they were meeting with Vice-President Biden in the wake of the tragic school shooting in Newtown and promising to help curb media violence, TV network bosses were busy pumping more violence over the public airwaves – as AP’s David Bauder reports.Read more →
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Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane delights in exploiting tragedy for the sake of “humor.”
Just last week, Family Guy depicted half of lead character Peter Griffin’s head being blown off — immediately after Griffin reads a book titled The Life of JFK.
In spite of horrific acts of violence like the Boston Marathon bombing, the slaughter of innocent children in Newtown, and the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Hollywood has absolutely no interest in limiting the violence it shoves at audiences. Read more →
Three months after the Vice President’s summit with leaders in the entertainment industry, four months after the horror of Newtown, someone in this administration is finally speaking up about the role media violence plays in contributing to real-world violence.Read more →
In the wake of horrific massacres like those in Newtown and Aurora, Hollywood continues to claim that what people see in entertainment has no influence on their behavior. (This, in spite of the fact that the entire purpose of showing commercials on television is to influence viewer behavior.)
In fact, Hollywood is absolutely adamant that...Read more →
Lifetime: NOT Showing Graphic Murder = “Untold Harm”
This past Saturday night, March 23rd, the Lifetime basic cable network aired its “Lifetime Original Movie” Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story. The movie graphically detailed Porco’s real-life axe murder of his father in 2004.
Of course, television “dramatizations” of true crime are nothing new.Read more →
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies today heard testimony from Dr. Brad Bushman, Professor of Communications at Ohio State, challenging the “myth that violent media have a trivial effect on aggression.” According to one of Bushman’s studies (which he discussed in Psychology Today), “Why Do People Deny...Read more →
Now that award season is over, Hollywood’s big muckety-mucks can finally stop patting themselves on the back for all the “good” their industry supposedly does for the world, and get back to the serious business glorifying psychopaths.
If entertainment industry leaders are worried about increased regulation...Read more →
A little girl is sexually molested by a cult leader. A woman is strangled by a psychotic who stalks her. A little boy is kidnapped, a man and woman are tortured, a half-dozen police officers are shot down. Is this content appropriate for 14 year olds?
Fox thinks so.
And this is just a sampling of...Read more →