A common scene in detective films aired on TV and shown in theaters involves the good guy getting knocked out from a blunt object–often the butt of a handgun–to the back of the head. A few minutes after the assault the detective comes to, puts on his…
A common scene in detective films aired on TV and shown in theaters involves the good guy getting knocked out from a blunt object--often the butt of a handgun--to the back of the head. A few minutes after the assault the detective comes to, puts on his hat, and strides out of the room in pursuit of the bad guy. There is no skull fracture, no blood, no concussion, no lump or double vision. If the hero is left with a headache we don't hear about it because tough guys don't whine about such things. Let's switch now to all the idiots who watch this crap at home and in movie theaters. It's inevitable that some of them, in order to temporarily disable someone, will bludgeon the victim on the back of the head. Quite often the victim of the attack, not being a film actor, will end up seriously injured or even dead. Real life violence has a way of doing that. It doesn't bother me that these TV watchers and movie fans end up getting long prison sentences because they believed that what they have seen on screen reflects reality. However, it does bother me that assault victims are seriously injured and killed because the entertainment industry grossly misrepresents the true effects of violence. I believe film executives share the blame in assault cases like this. More generally, they have helped create a culture of violence in American society. Shame on them, and shame on us for watching.
Thornton P. Knowles