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Michael Plott <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 18 Sep 1996 20:55:04 -0400
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In a message dated 96-09-18 20:31:34 EDT, you (Simone) write:
>Hollywood persents a positive role model, inspiration/
>educational topic etc. it is often quick to self-congratulate,
>which implies a belief that movies have an impact on how
>people think and feel.  Yet when it comes to violence or
>a negative depiction then all of a sudden movies have no
>impact.  What do you think?
It is difficult to say how much real influence film has on people and each
person is probably affected to different degrees, however I find it
particularly significant that the tobacco industry, which is a *very*
powerful lobby, is restricted (in the U.S.) from using film to advertise
their products.
That obviously implies that the U.S. government believes that film can
strongly influence some people, and I think that is particularly the case for
those people who have few other frames of reference.
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