PHIL 104 Paper - Kathleen Cherrie Introduction to Ethics...

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Kathleen Cherrie January 23, 2008 Introduction to Ethics Research Paper Imagine an industry where there were no rules and you could create whatever picture you desired. With all this freedom, it would seem like things would be looking up because creativity would no longer be limited by societal structure. This sounds like a pretty ideal environment for many; however, it is the unintended consequences we don’t see that cause our downfall. What if people started making films about masochists raping and torturing their victims on screen with every gory detail revealed in front of your eyes? Would something like that fit into the “ideal” of complete freedom in the film industry? From raunchy promiscuity to extremely graphic and perverse violence, Hollywood has definitely taken a turn for the worse as its products plummet downward in content and further alienate their audience. In his book Hollywood vs. America , Michael Medved argues that Hollywood no longer has a sense of values and its films have been greatly declining in appeal. “When’s the last time you heard someone say, ‘Movies are better than they’ve ever been!’?” is indeed a good question. Although this book came out in 1992, it still raises excellent points that are still applicable today in our film industry. What Medved says about the lack of morals in films back then still rings true today, especially with issues such as violence, sex, and to a certain extent, the bashing of Christianity. The fact of the matter is, the quality of films today have been drastically on the downward slope because we live in a society that seems to have lost its grounding and is without
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a sense of moral or ethical values. Today we praise films such as Superbad , which opened up with two teens having a phone conversation about what kinds of porn was best, and Knocked Up , the story of how a guy and a girl met at a party, got drunk, had sex and the girl ended up pregnant. And films like these are only promoting promiscuity and encouraging the idea of teen sex and illegitimate children. With the horrific amount of sexual content seen on the screen today, it is no wonder that our current generation is looked down upon by others and the saddest part about this is that the media and film industry have been “assaulting our most cherished values and corrupt[ing] our children” (Medved, 1). According to Medved, roughly 82 percent of people polled found that movies had too much violence, 80 percent found too much profanity, and a good 72 percent of people thought there was too much nudity and sexual content. This only goes to show that this shock value Hollywood was aiming for greatly missed and resulted in
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course PHIL 104 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at Chapman University .

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