Blaming cinema for the world’s problems


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We live in rather dark times. The world is filled with hate, both online and out on the streets. New phenomena like cyber-bullying, ransomware and identity-theft plague us in ways unheard of for our parents’ generations. Netflix’s Black Mirror opens your eye to these realities that can become the norm in the near future. So it comes as recommended viewing to anyone who hasn’t.

As we become this hyperconnected generation, we are also easily offended, violent and seemingly more impressionable than ever to be coerced into acting against our will. The number of disclaimers that you see at the start and often during the film really gets you thinking.  Doesn’t cinema deserve the same treatment as art? Should a film really be blamed for a rise of incidence in, for example, suicides, alcoholism, smoking, drug use, rape or murder? Sure, like art, cinema leaves a lasting impression, but where does one draw the line? Do the disclaimers even help or stop people from indulging? Is that just the studio’s legal department’s way of protecting itself? Where does censorship start and end? What do age-based classifications even mean anymore given the amount of violence we see both in the news, in our neighborhoods and in mass-market cinema?


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