The role of films in society is a complex, yet intriguing thing. These films portray a message that many of the viewers miss or fail to realize what is being delivered. But for those who do understand what is being explained to us, hidden behind acting it is quite fascinating. Movies have always delivered a hidden message. Whether it be a feel good movie that takes you back to your younger years, or a feel good movie that hints at mental health. Each movie is different. That being said, a lot of the movies portray a negative image and misrepresent society completely. Representation does matter in film to some degree.For example, in the movie the Black sox movie scandal (Eight Men Out), you would want to accurately portray what the early 20th century was like. You would want to add historical facts that followed the actual events and the story. You would not want to modernize the movie. Film makers have a responsibility to to not only accurately depict reality, they have an obligation. Another movie that comes to mind is Pulp Fiction. The scene I am talking about is the over dose scene. It is a very powerful and scary part. The scene has a very anti drug feel to it because the over dose is so dramatized. When Uma overdoses, it is very realistic. That scene has most likely turned people away from thinking that snorting heroin is a good idea. When film makers depict reality in a correct way, they could possibly be helping someone out there who is struggling with the message that they are putting out there as well.
By: Kerry Loughran
Movies have a heavy influence on our socialization. There are efforts to appeal to audience members, and that’s usually accomplished by giving the audience something to relate with. Regardless of genre, you could probably find one main theme to relate with in your favorite movie. (I’m curious as to what that main theme may be to you; so comment on this post if you can identify one and are willing to share.☺️) Children -and even adults- often find inspiration in movie characters, or even the actors themselves. More recently, there has been an increase in minorities as lead superheroes with movies like Captain Marvel and Black Panther. I’ve heard comments from friends and strangers that a lot of minority people feel inspired and empowered seeing individuals like themselves in these popular, heroic roles. Movies have also created physical and digital places where people can meet one another and connect through commonalities and interests.
There are also bias representations of certain races, genders, age groups, etc. in movies that have influenced how we view those groups outside of movie settings. The same goes for physical places as well. For example, the physical place of Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles are glorified in movies and other media. Yet, the “city of Los Angeles” is usually used in reference to Los Angeles County; and if you have ever been to Hollywood, you know that it isn’t as beautiful and clean as it’s usually portrayed to be. I hosted a German exchange student for a semester in high school and I cannot put into words how excited she was to get the chance to visit LA. Myself and my friends kept telling her that some areas were beautiful but other areas weren’t very nice. As much as we didn’t want to take her excitement away, we also didn’t want her to be completely let down or disappointed. She ended up loving the county as a whole, but said she preferred other Southern California areas more and didn’t exactly want to visit LA again.
That trip to LA made me realize that proper representation does matter: not just for people but places as well. We also took her to Las Vegas and she told us that Vegas “is the same in the movies.” Vegas is glamorized in many movies, don’t get me wrong. However, there are also well-known movies like The Hangover that show the less glamorous, and dramatized, version of Vegas.
As artists, filmmakers have freedom to portray things how they would like. But as many filmmakers also take after journalists, I think there is an underlying responsibility to portray things accurately… or maybe at least accurately to their personal views and disclosed as such.
We underestimate the power movies have on us. We may see something and think nothing of it at the time, but then we find ourselves thinking of the plot, or some of the characters, afterward. Think of films like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and movies in the MCU. They leave a lasting impression on people; some even base their lives on them. The cinematography and technology have improved with the times.
Representation does matter in films. For so long, movies have been based on the majority of the American population, white males. But there are all kinds of people in America. It only makes sense to include diverse people. But we are only introducing this now. We have had some films and TV shows about gay people, but Love, Simon was the first modern gay romance movie. Black Panther was the first MCU film to include a more diverse cast. The film industry is changing with the times.
There are lots of different genres of films out in the world. If a filmmaker is responsible for making a film accurate, it just depends on what kind of film they’re making. Directors are responsible for making movies watchable, meaning that they make it so people will want to see it. Whether that is changing some things or leaving certain facts out, it is their job to decide what information stays in the movie or is not relevant enough. Here’s an article talking about Freddie Mercury in real life and in the film Bohemian Rhapsody.
by: Kelsey Morgan
Topic: Film relativity
Movies contribute to our socialization in many ways. They help us relate to each other in a simple way, by brining people who like specific genres together to celebrate them. A great example of this is the new movie recently released called “End Game”. This is the newest Avengers movie, and I think every avengers fan I have ever met came together through social media, and even parties to celebrate the release and the showing of the new movie.
I believe that representation does matter in film. Growing up as a girl, it would have been very beneficial to have seen more women playing strong leads In movies. With the way that women have been represented in the media in the past, it has been so hard to grow up with a strong role model though films. This has a giant impact on girls while they’re growing up watching the media.
I do not think that film makers have the responsibility to depict reality at all. I think that film is a way to create a fairytale world to bring people away from reality even if its only for an hour or two. Films like Alice in Wonderland really do this. They bring you so far away from reality simply because they can. If film makers had to depict reality in their films, it would take away from why we watch movies in the first place. We have documentaries for this reason. You have the ones that take you far away from reality, and ones that give you a closer look at reality.
By: Megan Miles
Through movies, media greatly influences social norms. People can learn about culture, like which beliefs they should follow, which values to support, and what the cultural norms are. In American movie culture it is extremely common for a woman to play a supporting role in a film. Pixar is one of the largest producers of children’s films in the world and until 2012, had never made a movie with a female in the lead role. Brave set a standard for the millions of young girls who are desperate to see strong versions of themselves. Representation is the cornerstone for building up strong role models for those who watch films or engage in media. Geena Davis is an Academy-Award winning actress and activist for gender representation who said, “if she can’t see it, she can’t be it.” Negative stereotypes people see in media can create life-long imprints which can affect their attitudes toward male and female roles in our society as well as career occupations and self-esteem.
Filmmakers are responsible to their viewers to depict the human experience as accurately as possible, which includes people of all genders, race, and background to empathize someone unique from you. Ultimately a filmmaker is trying to evoke an emotion or response from the audience. Part of our lack of sensitivity could be related to the amount of gender inequity audience members have seen in film. Some filmmakers may feel that any response by society, positive or negative, gives meaning to their film, but film can be a dangerous tool similar to any medium.
Movies are a huge part of our socialization in society. Many people depict new trends and styles based on what characters in movies wear and how they style themselves. Movies also contribute to socialization by certain dialects and/or phrases. It is very common to hear someone quote a movie in everyday life. Because of the socialization caused by movies, representation definitely does matter in film. Films have gotten patronized time and time again for hurtful things or stereotypes exhibited, but it is also up to the viewer to draw their own conclusions as far as what the film is trying to portray.
Films are often viewed as an escape from reality, so no, I do not believe that filmmakers have any responsibility to accurately depict reality. These filmmakers have a vision of how they want their film made, and if that image conflicts with reality, it does not really matter, because it is just a movie. Movies are made for enjoyment, not to show people the reality they already know. Take any movie based off of a Nicholas Sparks novel, for example. Movies such as The Notebook, The Best of Me, The Longest Ride, etc. are made for hopeless romantics who want to get away from harsh reality. The love stories in all of these movies are not likely to happen in the real world, but the viewers do not care, because it gives them a good feeling that everything will work out. This is the sole purpose of movies, to see what could be, and to escape from the world for however many hours.
TO: Verizon Communications
FROM: Kerry Loughran
DATE: 19 June 2019
SUBJECT: Verizon vs. FCC, Net Neutrality and First Amendment Violations – No First Amendment Violations
Verizon Communications (Verizon) believes the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is violating the company’s First Amendment rights by establishing net neutrality rules. Due to Verizon being an internet service provider (ISP) and a telecommunications company, it is unclear as to where they fall under the FCC’s laws and regulations and how the First Amendment applies to Verizon as a company. The internet is argued to be a public good, so is Verizon arguing the First Amendment rights are violated on their behalf or the greater public’s behalf? Does Verizon have valid First Amendment rights with net neutrality rules?
Verizon does not have a valid First Amendment case. Verizon is an ISP and publicly traded company, and thus has the responsibility to serve the public’s best interest, convenience, or necessity because the internet is a public good and method of communication. Altering access and speed to websites conflicts with the public’s Fifth Amendment, not Verizon’s. As a service provider, the companies should provide a service to the public. Additionally, Verizon’s argument is not valid because it is illegal for companies to tamper with competition, which would be probable without net neutrality. In previous court rulings, Verizon still did not have valid First Amendment violation arguments.
The First Amendment protects freedom to religion, petition, assemble, and the freedom of speech and the press; Verizon still has all these rights under net neutrality rules. The Sherman Antitrust Act clarifies that a company cannot control the market for a product or service; Verizon should not be allowed to control speed and access to websites because it limits who can access the services the websites have to offer. The internet is not owned and not governed by any central group; so Verizon has no right to alter what areas of the internet their users have access to because it is intended to be freely used across the globe.