chapter  8
9 Pages

Screened Media

WithPaul Martin Lester, Stephanie A. Martin, Martin Smith-Rodden

Prescient motion picture studio heads, producers, and theater owners knew that the medium had to keep up with technological advances and the approaching interest-sucking tsunami, television. For a six-year-old, everything shown in the movie before the race is a colossal bore. Hours of unexplained and unintelligible talk, talk, talk with adults in funny costumes does not sit well with a kid. Violent content is ameliorated, made more sensual, and can affect a viewer in the long-term because of the size of a screen. Large displays especially combined with 3-D glasses propel a viewer into the action. Offering the simplistic argument that the violence seen in motion pictures is responsible for all of the social problems in a society is always politically salient. For the visual communicators, one of the most important issues is that of free speech versus governmental censorship.