By Tom Quiner
Read this comment from “Your 2 cents worth” in this morning’s Des Moines Register:
“Texas Chainsaw 3D” was the No. 1 box office movie last week. Now millions in the U.S. get their violence, blood, gore and killings in 3-D. “Gun control” in the U.S.? No guns? Massacre people with a chainsaw and enjoy it … millions of movie goers did! We are what we watch.“
Do Hollywood movies that honor violence bear any culpability for the violence in our neighborhoods?
Hollywood screams at the NRA at the same time they crank out violent “entertainment” that targets our teens.
The Democratic Party is happy to take their campaign contributions and ignore Hollywood’s perverse influence on our culture.
Some Democrats want to do more than restrict guns, they want to confiscate them, as reported in our morning paper.
And yet they have no interest in confiscating violent entertainment.
Let me ask you, are we “what we watch” as the writer above suggests?
Let me put it this way: small businesses and large corporations spend billions of dollars in advertising for a simple reason: they know it works. They know that if you are exposed to their message enough, it influences your buying behavior.
Look at the Obama re-election campaign. They spent $265,000,000 on media advertising to persuade us to vote for their man. Would they have invested these resources it if didn’t work? They spent two and a half times as much as the Romney campaign, which makes a pretty persuasive case for the impact of more media exposure verses less.
In that light, if a teenage boy spends thousands of hours watching violent entertainment, could his behavior be influenced?
Hollywood and the Democratic Party refuse to answer the question. The money is too good to get bogged down in such an uncomfortable debate.
In the meantime, they bask in the glow of another box office smash hit, “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”
Blood. Guts. Violence. Hollywood used the billions of profits they earned churning out this kind of “entertainment” fare to re-elect Barack Obama.
How can all of this violent entertainment NOT have influenced our culture?
Just watch. Hollywood will keep churning out ultra violence.
Just watch. Democrats will keep taking their money.
And if we are in fact what we watch, more vulnerable viewers will be seduced into the world of violence. And Democrats will add chainsaws to their list of things for government to control.