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Graphic and brutal violence has invaded every aspect of popular culture and is one of the most predominant causes of violence on our society Although not everybody is affected at the same severity our entire society is affected in some way Its not just that music television movies and video games provoke and spark ideas of violence to some media violence also tends to desensitize the minds of younger audiences The first and strongest aspect of medias influence on a violent society is the growing popularity of graphic violence in movies and television While some think brutal and explicit violence is a fairly recent development the most extreme form of film violence -the splatter or slasher genre- was launched nearly 40 years ago This form of entertainment features people primarily teenage girls and young women being tortured dismembered disemboweled and beheaded with various construction tools - chainsaws tool guns drills and jig saws -- hence the term splatter The violence almost always takes place while the victims are naked or wearing skimpy lingerie Robert Ressler a former agent of the FBI and expert on serial murder believes that these types of films directed at teenage audiences have helped to fuel the fire for some serial killers because of the explicit linking of murder and torture with sex Although some would assume that people in the entertainment business would shy away from the truth about their work legendary Hollywood director John Carpenter originator of the Halloween slasher movies has acknowledged that a lot of people who watch these movies begin to imitate them While Kevin Williamson director of Scream admitted that these movies make psychos more creative After a depiction of a homeless man being brutally slayed with an axe in the movie American Psycho a Toronto resident was charged with first degree murder after he imitated the killing within two weeks of its release The unfortunate truth about the movie industry is the
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