Media Violence: Effects on society
“Millions of teens have seen the 1996 movie Scream…Scream opens with a scene in which a teenage girl is forced to watch her jock boyfriend tortured and then disemboweled by two fellow students who, it will eventually be learned, want revenge on anyone from high school who crossed them. After jock boy's stomach is shown cut open and he dies screaming, the killers stab and torture the girl, then cut her throat and hang her body from a tree so that Mom can discover it when she drives up. A dozen students and teachers are graphically butchered in the film, while the characters make running jokes about murder. At one point, a boy tells a big-breasted friend she'd better be careful because the stacked girls
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War movies were depictions of what it was like on the front line; they were bloody, violent and crude. After war movies people started to be interested in Horror films. In 1960 Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho came and terrified audiences. People were starting to want more violence and the television and movie industry responded with movies like Patton, The Godfather and Rocky. By 1960 violence in movies was almost a guarantee. Seeing a trend that might have negative consequences the motion picture rating system debuted in 1968 with ratings of G, PG, R, and X. New movies coming out had a lot of violence but comparing a movie from 1970 to any new movie in the past year is a huge leap. For example, in The Godfather, one of the characters, Sonny is ambushed and massacred by carloads of gangsters with machine guns in the middle of the street. To compare that to today in the movie Saw II a man is chained to the wall by puncturing holes in his skin and he must rip about 10 chains out of his skin before the timer of a bomb goes off. In the end he the task is impossible and the bomb splatters his body parts all over the room. Now, compare Saw II to The Great Train robbery and there is No doubt that movies are getting more violent. In fact movies are getting so violent and so disgusting that Americans need to step back and really look at what they are watching.
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