I’ve seen Django Unchained and Inglorious Bastards and I’ve even read The Turner Diaries. I partook more from curiosity and concern than entertainment. But I didn’t pay for any of them. I refuse to encourage that sort of thing with my financial support. I consider all of them revenge fantasies and demonization of the worst sort in that each portrays a whole group of people as evil. The heroes run around massacring others but, hey, they deserved it because the story was written such that the “hero” was justified in murdering and even torturing them. So the audience is tricked into feeling good about murdering people. That’s sick. Now tell me how that doesn’t bleed off into someone’s subconscious?
One can say, “Oh, it’s just a movie. Everyone knows its not real!” But that doesn’t keep it from affecting one’s subconscious as if it were real. I’m amazed that people who cry at sad movies or startle when a cat jumps out at a particularly intense horror scene think they’re not being influenced on a subconscious level. Fortunately, Django may not have that effect because its so ridiculous few could get sucked into it. I’m more concerned about the influence from less bombastic, more realistic movies.
Or even video games.
If watching a movie where people are shot is bad then what about video games where one is actively trying to shoot people? I think its no coincidence that every mass shooter the last few years has been a video game junkie. Of course, not everyone who watches a movie or plays a video game is going to shoot people. Otherwise, everyone who watched a movie or played a video game would be shooting people. And that ain’t happening. But I think there is a certain type of person who is susceptible to that sort of influence. And its worth hooking some of them up to instruments to see if these games affect their brains differently from others. What is learned may help to screen for potential shooters and criminals in the future. Someday it may even be used to develop therapies that reprogram people away from those tendencies.
Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.