Friday, February 22, 2008

Should fiction be a story of morals and virtues?

Robert Thompson, professor of television and popular culture at Syracuse University, believes safety and health advocates have every right to raise awareness for an issue by criticizing films or TV shows. But he thinks concerns over seat belt use should stick to reality and keep out of fiction.

"If you're going to start strapping any storyteller, whether it be a movie or a television show or a novel with only behavior that's good and healthy role-modeling behavior," said Thompson, "then we're in really big trouble."

18th century fiction, anyone? Boy, when people talk about neoclassicism, they mean it, don't they?


Bas~Melech said...

Well, pardon me, Mr. Thompson. It is the right of an author to decide on the content of his or her works. You don't like it, watch something else.


the apple said...

No no, Bas~Melech. Thompson is saying that people who constantly criticize things for not being moral/correct enough are in the wrong. I'm divided on this - obviously children should have "good" role models, but they also need to see reality as well. Although seat belts are an issue I would say parents are correct to say should be portrayed properly -that's an issue of health and safety, not just good/bad behavior.