I don’t want to be the guy that blames media for everything. There are some films and shows I really adore.
However I question the growing trend of using pain as entertainment. Entertainment has become a lot darker. You could say grittier and matches life in some ways if you wish. However, that doesn’t lessen the impact that may have.
Let’s put aside autism and sensory impact although that is definitely a consideration. Instead I just wonder about pain in media bringing up memories that could be too much.
A mother committing suicide because she lost her family in a car accident and just watched one on TV.
Reliving personal abuse because you’re seeing it acted out.
Or simply a child you hoped to your core would be born.
Having this kind of “entertainment”, I think can be really damaging to people that lived it. Because in a lot of instances it’s framed as down time, something to relax and enjoy. Pain as entertainment? I don’t understand how that does anything but remind people, that maybe can’t cope with any more reminders, that life hurts.
All my best and love
Words – Ross A Fraser
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