The old argument of whether violent entertainment is a reflection of humanity or vice versa is constantly waged, but I think a bit pointless. To me the point is how so many people enjoy violence.
What makes you watch people get tortured or run for their lives in pretend situations as a form of enjoyable entertainment? These things happen in real life all the time, but it is not enjoyable for me to watch news about a crazed gunman killing people at a theater or a school. I don’t enjoy watching movies about war. I can watch the news of innocent people in the crosshairs of drug cartel wars or learning how rape is used as a weapon against women in the Congo. Last week I saw a preview that made me so angry. It is about a man and a girl who go on a killing spree and gun down anyone that pisses THEM off . It’s supposed to be justified because they “know” that people have become so selfish and uncaring for others. Obviously they “deserve” to die. Are you kidding me? Letting the world piss you off and then punishing everyone is not justice. It’s you being stuck in victim mode and unable to find peaceful solutions. It is what fascist dictators do.
Why do so many of us enjoy violence? I used to. I loved movies or books with near death tragedy, fast car chases, and explosions. It was fun because in my imagination I put myself in the heroes place and always won, but there was also this scary tone of violence that made me feel uneasy. That feeling only grew with time and became so strong that watching a heroin get pistol whipped and sexually tortured before she successfully killed the bad guys became physically nauseating. I find no enjoyment from even the smallest violence in move or TV previews. I don’t want that crap in my head.
I know that most of the violence we “create” for entertainment happens in real life. There are real flesh and blood people with feelings, families, and nerve endings that experience this pain long after the violence ends. It is not entertaining. Violence does not build good character. Too much violence builds a nasty sort of character or a victim. So for my own spirit, I know that no matter if life imitates art or art imitates life, violence will never again be entertainment for me.
Why do you like violence as entertainment?
Do you feel good after watching pretend violence?
Does it feel similar to watching real violence?
Do you want violence in your life?