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Movies give a false sense of reality

To take the idea of this TED Talk one step further...

I postulate that viewing too much of any type of film can give a false sense of reality...hopes/dreams/infatuations of a new reality. There are those that strongly believe that violent video games/movies don't affect our thinking; how could they NOT affect our thinking?

There are reasons--very good reasons--why every civilized country in the world use movie/TV/game rating systems to assist us in exposing ourselves (and our children) to age-appropriate content. Allowing young children, for instance, to watch graphic violence, strong language, or explicit sexual content is HIGHLY likely to either traumatize them or teach them that it's normal behavior to imitate. It may begin, innocently enough, as something that plays out in their minds, but there is quite a bit of research out there that suggests that our thoughts eventually become our reality.

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    Feb 14 2013: And what about books, perception and fantasy? And what about 'reality' in the news? How does a real war, murder or rape affect my thinking the moment I get to hear and know about it? Isn't this way more 'dramatic' than any first person shooter video game? What about the F-word I get to hear in 'real' life? Does it really help to 'beep' it out on TV? Isn't it actually just 'forcing' me to 'fill this gap' by myself? Who grows up that isolated to be actually saved by this?

    How do we 'prepare' our children against child abuse? How do we make them understand how 'reality' can look like, as we all know, that it is not always 'the stranger' who is the potential 'threat'.

    Isn't 'age-appropriate' just an illusion as well as 'civilized countries'?

    Of course our 'thoughts become our reality', yet video games and movies are just a fraction of what actually forms our thoughts, so what about the rest, called 'real life'?
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      Feb 14 2013: I like that you mentioned books. For me, though, as absorbing as a book can be, I always know it is not real. When I see a movie, I willingly suspend my disbelief and buy into it completely, at least partly because I trust my eyes more than my imagination.

      Having said all that, I think reading the book equivalent of a very violent video game--for the same amount of time--can be damaging, especially to a young person.

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