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Violence Portrayed in Movies and Media

Violence is portrayed in movies and media almost the time. As we have seen in the past, movies and media has been to blame for acts of violence in society. Fictional stories of violence are only built on imagination but when a person in real life uses a weapon to cause harm, violence within movies and media are to blame. According to Warren Ellis, the author of Blood in your Eye: Why We Need Violent Stories, “fiction, like any other form of art, is there to consider aspects of the real world in the ways that simple objective views can’t — from the inside.” We blame the works of art for violent acts in society but we forget the problems people have in their lives that make them violent. “I can watch footage of Sammy Yatim being shot, but my government doesn’t think I should watch violent films,” Mr. Ellis say’s when speaking of a graphic scene where someone is shot, but our government thinks we shouldn’t watch violence on TV because we may become violent by doing so. Violence becomes a silent enemy with magical powers, corrupting our everyday lives. Author Warren Ellis reminds us to stare violence in the face in order to defeat it. He states, “the most horrible things in the world, the real cancers of our society, have to be interrogated. You can’t ignore a tumor. If you do, then it quickly becomes too late to do anything at all about it and you’re nothing but a skinful of the stuff.” Cancer and other diseases such as A.I.D.S., are the real evils of the world and we should focus on their ways of survival within human’s bodies. Violence in movies and media have no cure but can be eliminated by viewing their aspects of construction with no fear, making them nonexistent but only in our minds.

Ellis, Warren. “Blood in Your Eye: Why we Need Violent Stories.” Vulture. New York Media, 14 August      2013. Web. 3 October 2013.

-Curtis Coleman

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