Colorado shootings: Where is the unstoppable force of public anger? - The Globe and Mail
Must-read insightful, caring, responsible journalism. Is it too much to ask that out of respect for the victims we not watch The Dark Knight Rising? We live in a global culture of violence epitomised by the U.S. of course, and its representations are everywhere. Name 10 critically and financially well-received movies from last year that did not involve representations of violence? Why are movies based on comic books, graphic novels, and video games on the ascendant? Aside from sitcoms, game shows, talk shows, and talent shows, name 5 popular TV shows that don't involve crime as a main theme.
Violence and its representations are everywhere, and yet there are those who would claim that these do not shift our values and behaviour. Aesthetic distancing is a hard won achievement that comes from years of study and experience. Few in the mass demographic of film-goers are equipped. More often than not, as Rotten Tomatoes knows only too well, fetishizing fandom is the sad result.