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greg dahlen

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Why do we like watching TV and movies when we know it's all fake?

I'm a huge fan of movies that are fictional stories, and TV shows. I often enjoy the adventure movies where things happen that really don't and probably couldn't happen in real life, and I guess other people do, too. I wonder why we enjoy them when we know they're all fake?

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Well, I really need to differentiate two kinds of "fake." For one, there's the fact that everything is fake in a fictional story in the sense that it has all been written by someone and is being put on by actors pretending to be someone. Then there's the sense of "fake" of things happening that are impossible, like Superman flying.

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  • Mar 20 2013: I believe it's because it plays on our natural curiosity. We as humans want to understand different situations and how in those situations other people respond to them. Much like a dream, i think stories and TV help show alternative ways characters handle themselves and their popularity is based on the shows applicability. The more relevant a show or movie is too our lives / a lifestyle we wish to live, the more we want to understand and apply it.

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