Patt Morrison for April 12, 2006

Graphic Images in the Media

The upcoming release of a new Universal film about the passenger revolt on one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 has ignited a national debate about depictions of violence in the media. Patrons in Hollywood and New York complained the movie is too much too soon, and at least one theatre pulled the trailer. We'll discuss the controversy surrounding United 93, as well as public reaction to graphic images in the news. We'll ask why are we drawn to fictional violence, but when faced with real-life suffering, we often recoil. When is real too real? And why? Host Patt Morrison talks with Ted Braun, Senior Lecturer, Division of Writing for Screen & Television USC School of Cinema-Television; Stuart Fischoff, Ph.D, Emeritus Professor of Media Psychology, Cal State University Los Angeles; and Maryanne Golon, Picture Editor, TIME magazine.


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