Why Do We Do What We Do?

11 Feb

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Here’s something interesting: According to new Pediatrics research PG-13 movies feature 23% more gun violence than do R rated movies.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system:
PG-13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned
Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
R – Restricted
Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.

So in order to compensate for less “adult material” we add more gun violence to our movies? Is this so we can make them equally entertaining?

ergo: movies +sex+violence+adults = movies -sex-adults +1/4more gun violence?

It’s just curious that we live in a society where guns are revered and violence is accepted as a natural bi-product of that reverence, yet the viewing of sexual activity is still considered damaging to the youthful brain and not something to talk about or a natural bi-product of life at all.

And here we are worrying about the extreme vetting of foreigners who want to enter our country not because we are worried about them having sex with us but because we fear they might do violence to us.

Yet, we will not extremely vet our own citizens who want to purchase guns, even though they are the ones most likely to do violence to us and each other over 32,000 times each year…which is just about 32,000 times more than foreigners will or actually do.

Something to think about the next time you’re watching a movie, having sex or shooting someone?

5 Responses to “Why Do We Do What We Do?”

  1. Linuxgal February 11, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hollywood knows that PG-13 is the sweet spot for moneymakers, and their films don’t necessarily have to make a lick of sense, they just have to never stop with the gunplay. Movies that are rated R are not trying to maximize ticket-sales, they’ll be the ganster bio-pics. Violent, but realistically violent.

  2. mvschulze February 11, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    I find your observations keen, and relevant… and have been agreeably engaged, following for quite a few years. And this post continues in that vein. The paragraph about 32,000 is so pertinent in today’s dialog yet, in a more highly polarized society than I can ever remember, I find any discussion of what seems to be of such clarity to me – to likely fall on deft ears to the other 50%. How is it that we all are seemingly so set in our ways about what we think? Now more than ever, we seem to face a real dilemma in freely sharing our thoughts and beliefs amongst relatives and friends. What makes our viewpoints and thoughts so intensely conflicting? We’re all Americans, (all immigrant sourced except for the native Americans,) and yet…. it seems today, we NO LONGER agree to disagree. It seems in the past, gatherings were often a friendly venue, inclusive of more gentle political dialog; while the past year has seen: “Party tonight but… please no politics allowed,” and now…friendships and relationships of the past are downright dissolving. How Come? M ☹

    • Snowbird of Paradise February 12, 2017 at 9:13 am #

      This observation from @shadowtod appeared on my Twitter feed, and it seems to me to be astute. “The reason the Internet drives us all into echo chambers is because it exposes us to so many people who will argue with you in bad faith.” Previously, we could debate with friends and relatives who cared about us and so would protect the relationship. On the Internet, we share our thoughts with strangers who don’t care about us.

  3. helen meikle's scribblefest February 15, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    It’s easier to make money from guns than from sex?

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