Can violence on Social Media Be Censored?

In the span of an hour, I have seen my sweet three-year-old godson who lives in South Carolina singing a song he learned in his class and photos of the triplets a college acquaintance in Atlanta, Georgia had months ago. I know that one of my friends across town is on a new exercise plan despite having not seen her in over a week. I know that some of my

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The Master Shot–What is Gratuitous Film Violence?

In this episode of The Master Shot, I ask what people mean when they say a movie is gratuitously violent. Is it the blood? The act itself? What is the context for film violence, and when can it be acceptable? This video lecture, and the contents within, are protected by Fair Use for Educational Purposes.

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Many of the reviews I saw regarding James DeMonaco’s The Purge gave the film so-so ratings, however, a friend and I still made the last minute decision to go see it. My opinion on the film, which serves as a social commentary, lies somewhere in the I’m-not-quite-sure range. The Purge is set in the year 2022 in an America with less than 1% unemployment and very low crime rates. All

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When I was thirteen years old, my history teacher played Forrest Gump in class. It was May and we’d already taken our standardized exams, so there was no point in teaching us any more information. She was done. So Forrest Gump, a film I’d see seven more times in a classroom before graduating from public school, was played over the course of three class periods. In that time, we watched presidents get assassinated,

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