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May 2001 English 115 - In todays society popular culture is often accused of having a negative effect on individuals In Lee Ballingers Rock and Rap Have Never Been Better and Stephen Kings Why We Crave Horror Movies the authors express their opinions on the inaccuracy of this statement Both Ballinger and King believe that pop culture is something that is beneficial to society however they convey their ideas in different ways Ballinger presents his view on how todays music is the best that music has ever been while King strives to explain the peculiar addiction that society holds for horror movies King successfully explains that there is an inherent desire to view and perform acts of aggression and mischievousness in every person in some degree or another He best expresses this when he writes If we are all insane then sanity becomes a matter of degree If your insanity leads you to carve up women like Jack the Ripper of the Cleveland Torso Murderer we clap you away in the funny farm if on the other hand your insanity leads you only to talk to yourself when youre under stress of to pick your nose on your morning busKing 277 While he contends that there is this very real craving for a scare in the American society it is fed by horror movies King also gives the impression that horror movies keep the craving with-in social boundaries Without this check we could perhaps experience serge of violent brutal crimes as well as an outbursts of less violent criminal activities This is best said in the last few lines of the article It was Lennon and McCartney who said that all you need is love and I would agree with that As long as you keep the gators
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