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Pained media

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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Ross A Fraser
Ross A Fraser
Jul 05, 2022

I was thinking of a colour coding system that's universally used. For example the word abuse in different colours could represent different types of abuse. A system like that could be left in the hands of the creator but allow the reader/viewer a more defined idea of content. Something like that could make a huge difference and not be that difficult to implement.


Ross A Fraser
Ross A Fraser
Jul 05, 2022

I think there needs to be a balance when it comes to media or at least a way to navigate media that could be triggering to you. With cliff-hangers and plot twists etc, I don’t think you can actually avoid connective memory triggers in a lot of mainstream entertainment.

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