• Violence

    Hollywood’s Hypocrisy on Censorship

    by  • April 12, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    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...

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    Lifetime: NOT Showing Graphic Murder = “Untold Harm”

    by  • March 28, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    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.

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    Scientist Discusses Media Influence and Accountability on Violence

    by  • March 19, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    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...

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    Psychopaths Coming Soon to a TV Near You

    by  • March 11, 2013 • Violence • 1 Comment

    glory_violenceNow 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...

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    Worst Show of the Week: The Following

    by  • February 7, 2013 • Violence, Worst of the Week • 0 Comments

    Hollywood has frequently been accused of romanticizing violence, but few works have been so deliberate about doing so as Fox’s new series The Following. Awash in blood, gore, and allegories to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, the series draws the connection between Poe’s gothic-romanticism and violence as a form of art. Whereas forensic...

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