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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

Insights & Thoughts on FABLES: Legends in Exile

Fables: Legends in Exile, is a comic book where childhood fairytale characters come to life in an absurd but hilarious story. While living in modern day New York City, in a place called Fabletown. The characters are portrayed with discomforting lives and like real humans, have everyday problems to deal with. Within the five chapters there is a murder mystery, a story of war and a Remembrance Day Ball where all the characters dress up in fancy suits and gowns. While reading the comic book I was extremely mesmerized and fascinated by the art work produced for the story. The graphic coloring and exceptionally amazing drawings, especially  from pages eighty-five thru ninety made me continue to read with an extreme open mind for the story. The story line in my opinion was better than most movies being produced these days, movies with over a million dollars in budget to create. The comic book story of Fables had fairytale characters such as Snow White, the Big Bad Wolf and one of the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, Beauty and the Beast, Prince Charming, Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk and others, though their names were cut. The story revolves around the characters in New York City and their past lives as fairytale characters in a dream world. The comic book story is exciting and I’m assuming it’s famous by now. With that being said, I find myself wondering if Disney or any other books where the fairytale characters were named from, has ever tried to sue the author for copy rights in-friction, or was the author granted permission to use their likeness? Thank you.

*Curtis L. Coleman