Violence and history, has anything changed?

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Posted by Petra on April 26, 1999 at 00:17:22:

Those recent events mentioned in the thread below, Kosovo and the Colorado shooting, raise issues relating to topics that are part of this site's themes: History and film.

History: Has anything changed over the centuries regarding the violence in people's lives? Was it worse in the "old days", with cold-minded monarchs, extreme punishments and torture, man-against-man wars? Or does today's easy availability of guns, etc. make killing that much easier?

Film: Do TV and movies affect kids insofar, and does it make young people less sensitive towards the suffering of others if they can watch violence on TV all the time? Do you think there should be a minimum age for certain movies, and should the theaters attempt to enforce that minimum age?

What do you think?


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