Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hollywood Battlefield

Probably most of you already know about the nine-part posting on U-Tube that examines the messages (explicit, implicit, subliminal) that are embedded in many movies and other media outlets. It's called "Hollywood Battlefield."
The viewpoint was given from a Christian perspective and the obvious objective was to warn young people (I estimate several hundred in the audience) about the dangers in watching what we/I have thought of as "harmless" fantasy entertainment. What disturbed me most is that I grew up reading, watching, and listening to just the kind of stuff that was highlighted.
These were not kids off the street; they were straight out of our church...the SDA church. One movie in particular (Fight Club) was the most offensive.
The speaker how many had seen the film and most in the audience raised their hands. Then the speaker asked, "Where in the movie do they talk about God?" Out of the hundreds only one raised their hand. The point was hammered home when a clip of the movie was played where the dialogue was about God.
Obscene language was edited out but the speaker let the clip hammer home his point. When the camera panned the faces of these young people there was evidence of shock and disbelief. Rapid scene change is a tool used to divert one's attention from dialogue and keep it focused on imagery. The brain is so engaged in the scenes that the filth of the scripting goes unnoticed; except that it becomes embedded in the subconscious and a part of who we are, what we think, how we think, and how we relate to a lost and dying world.
If you are brave, if you want to be informed for the sake of your children and grandchildren, then take the time to watch all nine parts of Hollywood Battlefield (they are sequential and you have to click to play each one).
My source for this post was not some sleazy yellow journalism rag, it was...The Pacific Union Adventist Family Recorder; June 2009, page 5: "One Girl's Vow."
Leave a comment and let me know what you think...whether or not I am overstating or exaggerating.
This is worth our time for the sake of our youth.
God Bless. e.c.

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