A thing of interest...

AuthorTopic: A thing of interest...
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I'm curious...I was sitting in my living room babysitting some little'ns, and my step-sister walks in, just at that moment a show comes on (Malcolm in the middle, but it can be any such show of "ill-repute") And she looks at the little kiddies and says, "well, you don't want to watch this, it's bad!" And she changes the channel, And do you suppose what she changed it to? The news.

"Missing girl found dead..."
"Teacher arrested on sexual charges..."
"Five more marines killed..."

Am I the only one that seems to think that a show depicting comical , all-be-it, violent situations is far...FAR better then anything that is happening in the world? I'm not suggesting that we deprive our youth of seeing anything that is going on, nono. I leave it to everyone to make their own decisions on such things. But seriously, when the affairs of the world are worse then those of a show made up on the BASIS of a screwed up, violent, mal-adjusted home life...that is something sad...no?
Just something I had to vent…sorry for the inconvenience…

[ Wednesday, February 16, 2005 08:09: Message edited by: mung ]

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Any show that features They Might Be Giants music can't be bad. Unless the show consists entirely of a fat hairy man dancing around in a thong with TMBG playing the background or something like that.
Granted, I never watch MITM, but that's beside the point.

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M.I.T.M. is a great show, for American Comedy any way which is pretty sad really. But still its one of my favourite shows, so don't be hacking on it. :mad:

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In light of your comment, one must wonder if movie violence will eventually have to compete with real life violence. Too many times this year, I've heard a newscaster compare a real-life situation to something that seems like it would be "out of a movie".

How are you supposed to feel sympathy for a few people who die in a movie when your own country is suffering thousands of deaths from gangs/disease/poison/radiation/religious fanatics/terrorists/nuclear weapons/divine intervention/the sun exploding/insert favorite world-ending scenario here?

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Ah, but the question is, will movie violence meet real-world violence, or will realword violence have to catch up first?
Indeed, it is sad when a satirical show portrays life as possessing more 'good' than the 'truth' reporting news.
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Being the far too serious, pessimistic type I am, I actually prefer news to tv shows any day - and with the news you can claim far more successfully that you're not watching it for the violence. (Then again, the last time I consciously watched TV was mid-October; I get my news from the internet instead).

But yes, it's a little ironic to see a little sister change the channel because "it's bad" and end up with the news.

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For what is worth, I've no problem with movie violence. It's a movie. It's fiction. If the subject matter is too strong, it can be avoided. If anybody sees a violent movie, say like "Taxi Driver" gets some kind of cosmically weird infatuation with a 14 (15?) year old prostitute (fictional character) which makes him wanna go an shoot somebody. . . What do we do? Censor them even more? We sometimes focus on the negative examples, but what about the millions upon millions of people who watch films far more violent than T.D and don't try to shoot anybody. I've been watching violent films a huge chunk of my life, love well done violence in a film, and I haven't, but that's me.

As for TV shows. . . whose fault is it that a five year old watches at, say 9 or 10 pm, a violent cop show, say like "The Shield."? The TV? The parents? The kid?

The news, on the other hand, seem to have a rather attached love for sensationalist reports. I don't know what kind of per centage there is, but it seems to me to be high, the time that a local news would dedicate a few minutes to international, a little weather, sports, and then the local killings.

Why is it that important to know that a woman down the street was bludgeoned to death with a feather, after being tied in the bathroom, being disemboweled alive, skinned, had acid poured on her, while her husband was being brutaly tortured by having each of the pores of his left arm inyected with tiny nails connected to wires connected to an industrial strenght battery that produced hundreds of watts of electricity? And let's not even mention what happened to the little ones.

I don't say that we should keep all the newscast happy and pure and neat and wonderful and all dealing with the flowers that Miss Marple planted the day before, but. . . isn't the pendulum leaning too much towards death and misery?

Compared to those broadcast, I'd rather see an ultra violent movie any day. But that's just me.

Anyway, I think I've babbled ranted enough.

Salud!

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First of all, I'd like to say that Malcolm in the Middle is one of my favorite shows. I can actually identify with Malcolm in a lot of aspects (like how nobody ever understands what he's talking about because they don't know much about the topic).

But that's beside the point.

It is rather sad when reality is worse than a lie, isn't it? I agree with much of what "Bireme sailor's concubine" said. The news is oriented on death and despair a lot lately. It's probably for the ratings. I wouldn't know; I don't work in show business (or anything for that matter, since I'm an eighth grader...)

There have been a lot of famous people going on TV and talking about how they were raped/(verbally/sexually/physically) abused/shunned by peers lately, too. I find it sad, yet annoying. Why must they go on national television just to say how bad a life they had and how it's getting good now?

But that, again is off-topic. I think I'll shut up now and let you all talk about the original topic of reality compared to movies and TV shows.
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ha ha ha,why do you think online games are becoming so popular these days?reality is worse that fiction!^-^ i told ya,i told ya all ,but noooo,you have to say the real world is betetr than fiction,look at yourselves now

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Anyway, I always did like Malcom in the Middle.

Jamie Lee Curtis is cool.

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quote:
ZZ said:
Jamie Lee Curtis is cool
Oh. Yeah.

I haven't seen MitM since the first season. Is JLC in the show? If so I shall start watching religiously.

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Edit: Nevermind my post, I got her confused with Jane Kaczmarek.

They're both good actresses, anyway.

[ Sunday, February 20, 2005 19:27: Message edited by: Millicent, Dear Millicent ]

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Fiction pretty much has to be better or more interesting than the real world. Otherwise nobody would bother to read/play/look at it. We're all stuck with reality, more or less, but we at least get a choice in our fiction.

—Alorael, who will note that there is also a degree of choice in reality. You can be a pessimist or an optimist! You can even choose to see the world through the eyes of Fox News, although it's not very advisable.
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