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Following recent shootings, should disclaimers be aired before violent TV shows and movies?

  • They always should be

    In just about all cases, disclaimers already are shown before shows that have adult content in them. So I'm not really seeing anything not currently there that is needed. But yes, the current warnings in place are needed, they're not going to make any kids turn the show off but they may catch the ear of a parent that isn't really looking at the television.

  • yes he did

    No. Disclaimers should not be aired before violent TV shows and movies, any more than they already are. These types of shows are just a part of our culture, and any show that can be aired on network TV during certain time periods are pretty tame compared to some video games, and what is shown on cable. Also these shows and movies are not what is causing the shootings, so they should not suffer because of them.

  • No.

    Disclaimers should not be aired before violent TV shows and movies, any more than they already are. These types of shows are just a part of our culture, and any show that can be aired on network TV during certain time periods are pretty tame compared to some video games, and what is shown on cable. Also these shows and movies are not what is causing the shootings, so they should not suffer because of them.

  • TV and Movies are not the problem

    The tragedy that occurred this past week is beyond words. The blame and/or responsibility for this horrific event can be spread out over many sources, however, TV and Movies are not one of them. TV and movie disclaimers are not the answer nor would they have any deterrent affect. Putting in a special disclaimer about violence would end up just being a badge that people look for to tune in. The Movie ratings and disclaimers that exist on some shows are fine but not the root cause of the violence in Connecticut, VMI or Columbine. There needs to be better education, a better set of morals, better gun control laws (which means weakening the lobbyists) and parents taking the time to find out what is going on in their child's lives. We have become a society where these tragedies are becoming too common place, and steps have to be taken now to keep this from happening. The media could help by not giving these disturbed individuals a face, or a name. With the escalation of the body count everyone needs to figure out how to stop this, how to teach people the value of a life. I am not saying that TV and Movies are responsibility free, but disclaimers are not the answer. TV and movie producers could put more emphasis on non violent content but as long as society has the blood lust, they are not likely to voluntarily change. I don't know what the body count has to be before wholesale change is made in this country.

  • No They Shouldn't

    Airing disclaimers about the violence in a show is only necessary for the sensitivity of viewers. I think it is clear that no one endorses mass violence in real life. Viewers would soon learn to tune out these disclaimers anyway and they would end up accomplishing nothing. It would just be a meaningless gesture in the end.

  • What would that accomplish?

    If the purpose of this is to shield people from potentially emotional or uncomfortable subjects, then I applaud the sentiment, but laugh at the execution. Putting aside the enormous task that would be, even if you put out a warning that airs five minutes before hand, or cover it more thoroughly, it's all too possible that someone will change a channel and find themselves right in the middle of the violence, no warning or anything. There's simply more violent content to be found than warning, so you're more likely to encounter the former first.


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