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  •  I think I missed Charlotte's Web, the movie. (1+ / 0-)
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    rebel ga

    but I studied chikdren's literature and CW was something I studied at length. I wonder why it was so sad at the end, except Charlotte dies and that's part of life? EB White ended on an up note, sort of, but I'm not inherently inclined to protect kids from the fact that people die.

    In fact, if people died horrible deaths every time they were shot in movies, I'd be pleased.

    Director Kevin Smith says the MPAA and FCC has it all wrong: they  (via the ratings process and censorship guidelines)  encourage showing less blood and gore regardless of how much shooting and bombing and explosions directors show. So kids don't learn that violence has truly awful consequences.

    He says that if the movie accurately shows how obscenly bloody and destructive violence is, give it a G or PG rating. If it shows the sanitized version of violence, give it an R.  The whole system needs to be flipped over because right now, our youngest kids don't learn that guns and bombs actually hurt people.

    Then we sit on the sidelines  and complain that kids are dulled to violence. Yeah, there's some of that, especially -- I think -- in video game players. But pay attention to how often people are shot and there's little or no blood, certainly, no flying gray matter (or other body parts), and how often people survive direct hits.

    Do I want this stuff beamed into my living room? No. But you couldn't pay me to watch stuff like Criminal Minds anyhow. If it were more realistic, perhaps many other Americans would realize what a truly, obscenely violent show it is and object as well-- or at the very least, not let their kids and teens anywhere near it.

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not.

    by grover on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 10:58:36 AM PST

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