Do movies and television serials change your sensitivity level?
September 7, 2017 1:47pm CST
I feel they do. In movies, they pick a beautiful child to portray something wrong. The story also needs to move faster so the problem is shown in a magnified manner, and because many other aspects such as bathing sleeping, cleaning, etc., are deleted, only that aspect of the story remains in the mind. Effectively, we are getting concentrated dosage of a misfortune or fortunate development, based on which, the desired emotions are evoked. In real life, people including the victim, have one thing too many to do. Moreover, the victim may not always be blessed with beautiful face, nor would we be aware of victim's happy or sad background. Are we indifferent to people in real life because of these factors, or is it that we have become immune to pain when we see one simply because it does not come in higher concentrations/exaggeration? Hope I have expressed my doubt clearly...
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I know what you mean but have no theory on this. What I do know, however, is that stupid people - and there are loads! - may mix fact and fiction if they watch so-called reality TV. A very successful series which ran for ages on German TV once showed that some characters of the series moved out of their flat. At once, viewers called the TV station and asked if they could move in. They were looking for a flat and the one which had become free - as shown on TV - would just be right for them. Can you believe it!
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I often think that movies and tv serials are meant help us RELAX. Then why do we opt for movies that have more serious content like crime, or war, or emotional conflict, rather than movies like Pretty Woman, or The Devil Wears Prada..lol. Definitely, Terminator and Aliens are scary and hardly something that would relax us. Are we addicted to crime?
Yes. They do. But feelings are all classified into nine categories. They need to be triggered by situation. If we are triggered on or off too often we often become indifferent towards it. Some movie you might have enjoyed as a kid and watched several times. When you grow up you may not enjoy it as much. Even songs. It is same with the feelings. Should we feel sorry for the child only because he or she is good looking? Should we feel sorry for the child temporarily and do nothing about it? Is it right to switch off the emotion in real life when somebody we know is going through similar circumstances?
• United States
I think you have it exactly right. I believe it's their intention to do exactly what you've said. And I see it in the news media as well. They all try to manipulate the public to form the opinions or have the desired reactions that they want you to have. I cancelled my TV service almost 20 years ago. I don't go to the movies either. I support none of them.
• United States
@vandana7 All you have to do is look at the younger generation to see how movies and media manipulate people. I don't even miss not having TV or going to the movies. I found other things to do. And I really like very old black and white movies so I started watching them and listening to old radio shows from the '40s online. I also have a house full of books I can read. And of course, I could always try doing housework for a change. hahaha
You have an extremely sharp mind! Some TV series really irks me, for going on and on about some trivial things in life (but perhaps that is why some of them were called soap operas ). I happened to watch a few episodes here and there of some of them at the urge of some neighbors.
Soap operas and other serials are what I am against. They make people immune to feelings in real life. Mind gets conditioned to expecting that the person needing our sympathy or help has to be somebody who is suffering, is good, is also good looking. In reality, we hardly know others that well. That does not mean, they don't deserve help.
• Redlands, California
Great question, but no. Smart enough to figure things out myself. I will say one thing. Shows like Mad Men scare me because swear our leaders copy them. Gives them ideas. Why I no longer watch House Of Cards and such. Not supporting bad behavior.