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Discuss how violent material on screen might - a) Do harm and b) Do good.

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Discuss how violent material on screen might a) Do harm b) Do good The media operate relatively freely in countries like Britain, compared to those under more repressive regimes such as China. Nevertheless, there are a plethora of laws and regulations which act as constraints on media production. Television and radio are subject to the strongest controls of any media, for technological and political reasons. The BBC's licence is renewed every ten years, and the license fee set by the government, which also appoints the board of governors. Their role is to ensure that the BBC fulfils its obligations as laid down by the law, and if necessary to intervene if individual programmes are deemed to exceed the BBC's remit. Violence on screen today is over rated; people seem to blame it for a lot of the things that go on today. But in my opinion people need to take other things into account. For example, during a child's life you can't discount the role of such things as violent video games, the social values of parents and peers, or general living conditions. If you eat something that you have not tried before and immediately get sick, you will probably assume there's a direct relationship between the two events. And if at some later date you forget about your first experience and eat the same thing again-and immediately get sick again, you can be fairly sure that whatever you ate makes you sick. ...read more.


an audience. History gives us many examples. One example is the famous Roman Circuses started out being a rather tame form of entertainment. But in an effort to excite audiences, violence and rape were introduced in the arena settings. Subsequently, as audiences got used to seeing these things, they then demanded more and more, until the circuses eventually became extremely grotesque, and hundreds, if not thousands, of people died in the process of providing "entertainment". This just shows how if people are given a taste of something they will want more and more of it. Although in some cases media violence is typically unrealistic, simplistic, glorified, and even presented as humorous. The "bang, bang, you're dead" scenario that we so often see on TV or in films communicates nothing of the reality of death or dying. It is only when we see death firsthand or have a loved one killed that we realise that death in film or on TV bears little resemblance to what we experience in real life. Even the sound of gunshots on TV and in films is so different from real gunshots that people often fail to recognise them in real life. Even the consequences of killing, especially by the "good guys," are seldom shown. Violence and killing are commonly depicted as a ready and even acceptable solution to problems. ...read more.


Private Jackson quotes scripture as a way of lining up his rifle, and each shot is offered up as a prayer. Finally a film seen as controversial for its violence but never the religious aspect looked at. In Pulp Fiction, two gangsters, Jules and Vincent, are on a routine hit for their boss. They enter an apartment, begin a conversation with two young men who have double-crossed their boss and then execute the two men. Unknown to Jules and Vincent, however, a third man has been hiding in the bathroom. He emerges into the room unloading bullets at close range. None of the bullets hits either Vincent or Jules and they, of course, proceed to blow him away. The dialogue then turns to a debate between the two gangsters as to whether this event was in fact divine intervention or just luck. Jules (played by Samuel L. Jackson), who likes to quote a passage from Ezekiel just before he kills people, experiences the event as a miracle and decides to give up his life of violence and crime. Jules has had a "moment of clarity" and believes that "God got involved." This is nothing less than a religious conversion and it leads Jules to a rejection of violence. It is ironic that Pulp Fiction, which is generally perceived as one the most violent films of the 1990's, should be one of the only films that features an explicit rejection of violence out of a clearly religious motivation. ...read more.

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