Heard a great presentation by a job candidate today on the motion picture rating system and increasingly violent content in PG-13 films. I’m not much of a film fan (tl:dw), but it got me thinking about violent content and television. And also, an argument we were having in my class today about violence onscreen and off.
So here’s my dilemma. I’ve always been skeptical of narrow media effects arguments: comic books and juvenile delinquency, romance and loose morals, porn and sexual assault. But at the same time, I find myself ever more disturbed about the images of violent masculinity on television and the kind of endless “critical acclaim” they garner: Breaking Bad, Justified, Walking Dead, Grimm, Sons of Anarchy, The Following, etc.
I think I need to do some research on this — not sure if it’s just my own perceptual shifts or if there’s something going on in all this post-recessionary manlitude.