It's pretty obvious that social engineering has been going on for awhile.
Movies are one of the tools used.
If your brain is weak enough it's true that movies might affect you.
If your brain is weak you might not realize how movies, music, books, etc, affect you.
Originally Posted by GRCPan
5. "So, we killed all the sharks, based on what the make-believe movie told us."
- No we didn't. Being reminded that sharks exist and that they are scary/dangerous is enough.
The other stuff is also mostly or only down to awareness and framing as well. The sharks being presented negatively and the carriers positively. Also "No, You Can't Separate Fact from Fiction" is completely misleading as when people say that don't mean figuring out what is supposed to be true in a movie.
4. "Stories Were Invented to Control You"
- No they weren't. It's the way the mind works in the first place so that you can understand causality and to compress storage and allowing faster recall. They didn't have to be invented and furthermore most old stories were oral traditions that got changed quite a lot over time based on what worked for whatever purposes they told them and lame stories died out. Therefore it's down to question of evolution through natural selection than creation. With modern stuff, they imitate whatever is popular a lot instead of creating in order to brainwash. Though there are some examples of that. F ex free help from the military.
3. "The Writer of a Story Always Has an Agenda"
- FFS superheroes are orphans because it would be lame and not make sense for them to have parents. Just look at Superman. He's always getting in trouble because his foster-parents get kidnapped. And with both Superman and Harry Potter, their real parents would also have superpowers, probably even greater ones, so they'd ruin the focus of the story.
Also LotR isn't racists because of those examples since they were other species. It's racists because the black humans sided with Sauron. Although that could be down to geography and the scope (maybe there's something in silmarillion) wouldn't have covered that any blacks that resisted him, just that some troops got to the front.
2. "You Were Raised -- and Educated -- by Pop Culture"
- People generally mean lifelike or engaging when they say realistic about movies, not that it's like reality. Which should have been obvious since they use it in a positive way. The worst kind of movie you could make would be a literally realistic one as it would be messy, boring and be way too long.
It probably only work through the intermediaries of your peers and other real-life people. Otherwise, you'd have no reason to use the media as an authority. And since people are quickly stopping viewing the same programs and talking about them. this effect might be likely to fade soon. Unfortunately it gets amplified in people that hang around the same type of people a lot, probably allowing those subcultures to exist in the first place.
1. "Everything in Your Brain Is a Story"
- No, it's expressed as stories. Anyway, most movies have so crappy plots anyway that you'll ignore it completely. And when they do have good plots, you'll think about it and evaluate things for validity instead of taking the story at face value.
As always shitty webshit making stuff up poorly.
Although research has shown some correlation between exposure to media violence and real-life violent behavior, there has been little direct neuroscientific support for this theory until now.
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center’s Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Research Center have shown that watching violent programs can cause parts of your brain that suppress aggressive behaviors to become less active.
Columbia scientists show that a brain network responsible for suppressing behaviors like inappropriate or unwarranted aggression (including the right lateral orbitofrontal cortex, or right ltOFC, and the amygdala) became less active after study subjects watched several short clips from popular movies depicting acts of violence. These changes could render people less able to control their own aggressive behavior. Indeed the authors found that, even among their own subjects, less activation in this network was characteristic of people reporting an above average tendency to behave aggressively. This characteristic was measured through a personality test.
That is why Violence is rampant today, because of the influence in media. So we have to be careful specially about our children, we have to guide them.
Or less activity means it's more efficient since you've simulated scenarios in advance as is what I've heard about other brain-functions. People who behave aggressively more often would also have this area of the brain more highly trained as it's used more, and would therefore show less activity. And did they seriously use self-reporting?
Originally Posted by 47Luinstra
Forget what I just say, it's almost certainly a short term response which makes the research laughably ill-conceived.
I definitely think that watching to much news and reading too many newspapers can cause some people to become scared of the world around them.
Originally Posted by 47Luinstra
violence is at an historical world wide all time low, fyi
the media is doing a great job of that.