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May. 11th, 2007 | 06:54 pm

Sorry to all you blogger friends of mine. I normal save my blogs behind a cut, but this is one blog I more or less want anyone who is anyone to read. I recently saw the film "The Condemned" and it really pressed the "morals" issue button in my mind. For those who don't know what the film is about, it is about a group of prisoners (sentenced for death row), who are captured and forced to participate in a game on a secluded island, which will be live streamed on the internet. Here's the twister, not all who are on the island are criminals, yet for one reason or another sentenced to death row. Well, here's where the morals issue falls in. How do you feel about people participating in a life or death game? Regardless if they are the "scum" of society or not. Would it be "moral" to have them participate in said game for mere entertainment? The film reconnected me to yet another film that was released many years ago called "The Running Man." From that film I quote:

“It’s television, it has nothing to do with people, It’s to do with the ratings. For 50 years we’ve told them what to eat, what to drink, what to wear. For Christ’s sake don’t you understand? Americans love television. They wean their kids on it. They love game shows, they love wrestling, sports and violence. So what do we do? We give ‘em what they want! We’re number one, Ben, that’s all that counts.”

Killian, played by Richard Dawson. From "The Running Man" (1987)

With reality televeision on the rise and everything having to do with "ratings," is this the next step? From the film "The Condemned" (which I don't remember word for word), the director of the show, Ian Breckel (played by Robert Mammone) comments on who we are people who condone violence. We watch violence for entertainment and we need violence. Shockingly enough, the show that was live streamed on the net, reached over 40 million suscribers. I think it was that line that made me think more than ever. I look at my own personal "entertainment" choices...What do I see, mostly action movies, I play a game where killing is a means of life and where you are able to kill other players. It is sad, but violence is integrated in all we do. We must "beat the test" for school. We must "Kill the other team" in sports. We even, "kill time." Look how violent we are. Is violence really that necessary in our life??

Well, I have my own opinion on this, but I want to see the reaction of my fellow bloggers first before I post what I think. I don't want to sour anyone's opinion just quite yet, but bottomline, Would you condone "killing people" for entertainment, even if it were people who deserve to die? Why or why not?

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From: shadow_lurker42
Date: May. 12th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC)

Would I condone killing people for entertainment even if they deserved it? No. In my opinion, that would make me no better then the killer themselves.
I do tend to watch movies with violence. I noticed though that I tend to avoid the ones based off of true stories because to be frank, they creep the hell out of me. The movie A Texas Chainsaw Masacre for example. Now.. give me a good zombie flick anyday. I also get a good chuckle out Quintin Tarrentino Films. Does that make it any better, probably not. ^^;

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From: hisensei808
Date: May. 12th, 2007 09:52 am (UTC)

Tee hee, good point. But strangly enough, there are people out there that are yearning "real live" killing. This is the second film I viewed on this topic. Vacancy was another. So, I am wondering, is this the type of society that we are turning into?? If so, that is a really scary thought. HOw did we get from "Donna Reed" to watching real live killing? Anyway, thanks for the input. MOre to come. I hope. O, ps, be warned I tend to "rant" more on this journal than anything else. Tee Hee!!

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we do what we can, until we cannot

From: odontomachus
Date: May. 12th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)

Absolutely not. There's a very important difference between seeing a ketchup bag burst underneath an actor's shirt and seeing real people die. Whether or not it looks different, it is.

This isn't the Roman Empire and I'm glad it's that way.

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Master of RS Fashion! =D

From: st_squiggy
Date: May. 15th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)

Ooh the Running Man, I remember that movie! Haven't seen it in so long lol, but anyhoo *ahem*, I wouldn't do such things like that, gives the impression of a heartless dictator =\.

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