America Vs Hollywood Essay Research Paper Film

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America Vs Hollywood Essay, Research Paper Film critic, Michael Medved is aware that by publishing his book, “Hollywood verses America,” he will not only enrage mostly everyone in the show business industry, but he will also loose some of his friends because of what he wrote. His strongly opinionated critique of popular culture examines the recent shift in the content of today’s television, films, music and art. He has gathered statistics and opinions as well as shared personal experiences, all to illustrate one major point; popular culture has taken a turn for the worst. Medved proves he’s not the only one who is not pleased with what’s happening in today’s media. Figures prove that the American public is showing dissatisfaction with television, film and music.

Major television networks’ ratings have decreased, movie theater ticket sales are down and so are the sales of tapes and CDs. The recent loss of audience is blamed on the abandonment of traditional values by the media. Medved consistently receives letters from moviegoers expressing their frustration with the industry for this reason. Hollywood no longer portrays what most American families believe in, but instead it promotes foul language, sex and violence. Not only does it promote these vulgar behaviors but also it insults traditional values such as patriotism and religion and labels their supporters as conservatives and fanatics. In partial agreement of Medved?s claims, I too see that the overall quality of American films is continuously dropping. I have seen many recent

films in which the only element that could possibly keep the viewer interested are the constant actions of violence. One particular film that falls into this category is the 1999 release, The Matrix. This science fiction/action film is about a group of technologically advanced pioneers who venture into a parallel world to stop an unnamed enemy from doing some unnamed bad thing. The film was a series of chasing and fighting scenes in which they just kept coming up with new ways for the good guys to escape or shoot the enemy and new ways for the enemies to die. The climax of the story was at the end when the main good guy, Neo, had one last fight with the main bad guy. The fight ends when Neo is finally killed but then he is suddenly resurrected and he kills the bad guy; the world

is safe again. The plot was nothing more than the overdone myth of “good verses evil,” in which after a long struggle, good wins. Here, I can conclude that the creators relied on nothing but violence to give the film any substance, but where I disagree with Medved is that this type of movie does not disturb the American public. I saw the movie with several friends, all that loved it. Later I found out that the film received great reviews and even won some awards. I think Hollywood produces too much violent content, but the sad part is that American moviegoers want it. Maybe this is because my experiences with films have taken place nine years after Medveds book was written and the public which once refused this sort of content in1991 has since been conditioned to seeing it

and have come to expect nothing more. Hollywood responds to Medved’s criticisms by claiming that popular culture has no impact on society whatsoever. First of all, it cannot be proven that the content of the media has any power to influence its audience. Secondly, it is society that influences Hollywood, there is violence, rape and murder in the real world, so why shouldn’t films depict that truth? Third of all, Hollywood is an industry which produces entertainment, the public knows that what they see in films is all fabricated and they are able to dismiss the content as being fictional. Finally, if an individual disapproves of some or all of the media then they should just simply not participate in watching or listening to that which they find offensive. Medved is able to