Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap
Our blogs are platforms from which we share our experiences, opinions, and views with the online world. For Mind the Gap challenges, we want to hear what you think about a divisive issue. Each challenge will include a poll where you can cast your vote along with your fellow Daily Post participants. After you vote, tell us more about how you feel by expanding on the topic in a blog post. Be sure to visit other participants’ posts to get some healthy discussion going.
To participate, tag your posts with DPchallenge and leave a link to your post in the comments. Please be sure your post has been specifically written in response to this challenge; obvious attempts to link-bait will be deleted. We’ll keep an eye on the tag and highlight some of our favorites on Freshly Pressed each Friday.
For as long as movies have included scenes of violence, people have asked if there are any ill or lasting effects of having been exposed to said – albeit fictional – violence. When tragedies happen in the real world because of the violent deeds of a particular individual, the shock and horror that this happened very soon leads to trying to unravel the reason behind how it came to pass. For some, the violence seen in films is taken as a catalyst or the inspiration for disturbing acts of violence in the real world. For others, blaming film violence for real life tragedies is cutting corners at best and scapegoating at worst — an effort to pin complex social or psychological issues on an enemy that can’t fight back.
However you feel about violence in movies, or however strong the emotions you might have in connection to real world violent tragedies, take a moment to think about whether you believe one to be related to the other. Would famous killers have been inspired to their horrific deeds if cinema never existed? Yes, say some. Mark Chapman, who shot John Lennon, claimed to have been inspired by Catcher in the Rye, for instance. A book not known for its violence. No, say others. Sometimes all an unbalanced person needs is a final nudge in the wrong direction from grizzly images that appeal to the baser part of themselves. Maybe, say a third camp, but if we try to protect ourselves from everything that might possibly inspire a psychopath to action, we’ll quickly find ourselves living in a police state.
This week’s Mind the Gap: Does watching violent movies inspire violence in the real world? Take the poll (below) and then explain your opinion by blogging about it on your site. Tag your post “DPchallenge,” so that we can be sure to find your contribution to the challenge.