"TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The majority of popular films, including those for
children, have at least one torture scene, and the scenes are usually
depicted as achieving the torturer’s goal, according to a study
involving a researcher at The University of Alabama.
The depictions in high-earning films could have implications for how the
public perceives the usefulness and effectiveness of torture, according
to the forthcoming study in Perspectives in Politics."
Via Farhad, who wrote:
"This is what I’ve been saying for years, it really bothers me that most
people don’t react to it or get mad about it in the same way as they do
when scene of naked bodies are shown.
You can find many TV shows rated PG-13 where torture is shown, but the
moment you have a scene that shows a woman’s breast or a naked back of a
person, the show or the movie rating is set to R or adult!
This is a choice by the media and the public to normalize the disgusting
and gruesome torture as an acceptable thing when it is done “by the good
guys”, or “to save lives”, or “save the nation”.
It is up to us to be more vocal and angry about this and force them to
change, otherwise it keeps on going, and as the tolerance level builds
up, the scenes get more graphic and more acceptable even in our everyday
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics