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greg dahlen

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Would you ban a particular type of movie because it will have a bad influence on one person?

Let's say you were going to make a fictional movie about crime, a "crime thriller," something like the new "Jack Reacher" by Tom Cruise. Let's say you knew a million people would find the movie entertaining and somewhat stimulating. But you also knew the movie would influence one person to go out and commit a crime. Would you make the movie for the sake of entertaining the one million, or would you refrain in order to prevent the crime?

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  • Jan 5 2013: If you are talking about an hypothetical situation then your question has a major flaw, because you are not providing any data about the hypothetical crime. It is obviously a different situation If you are talking about blowing a nuclear bomb at the center of a megalopolis than if you are talking about stealing a few bucks from a cash register at a mall. Another other thing to consider are crime rates, it is different if the hypothetical crime has low rates than if it has high rates. Increasing by 1 a crime rate may mean a 10% increase or it may mean 0.001% increase, the first case could put the entire police force on high alert, while the second may not even worry the most paranoid citizen.
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      Jan 6 2013: Well, let's say this hypothetical movie would entertain a million people, but it would inspire one viewer to go steal a few bucks from a cash register at a mall. Would you make the movie? Why or why not?

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