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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hollywood Picks...The Public Votes

In Hollywood's estimation, the "Best Picture" nominees were Brokeback Mountain (26th), Crash (49th), Munich (64th), Good Night, and Good Luck (89th) and Capote (100th), in order of each movie's box office gross -- in other words, America's opinion of these pictures. In all, Hollywood's Fab Five grossed $235,643,912 and averaged $26.3 million in profits.
The top five picks according to the rest of America were Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe), War of the Worlds and King Kong. These films grossed $1.41 billion and averaged $125.4 million in profits.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a film based on one of Christian writer C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, grossed more than all five of the Academy's nominees combined.
Film critic Dr. Marc T. Newman notes, "Instead of fretting over the agenda of Academy Award-nominated films...we should pay closer attention to the vote that really counts. The election that gets the attention of studios is the one that occurs at the ticket booth. Eighty percent of this year's Best Picture nominees are rated R, but 90 percent of the top-20 grossing films were rated G, PG, or PG-13. Many of those films opened opportunities to talk about virtues, the darkness of sin, and the importance of family and sacrifice."
The agenda ridden Hollywood elites and so-called celebrities love to spread their political agendas in vitriol and diatribe; it's the public who decides payday The Patriot has the correct analysis on the methods of indoctrination by Hollywood.
Entertainment is the subtlest and most effective means of ideological indoctrinating. It creates a psychological opening through which cultural messages bypass the intellectual filters that arrest most input for critical analysis. Because the context for these messages is "entertainment," they get a free pass into the minds cultural framework, where they compete, at a subconscious level, with established ethical and moral standards.
xxx Those at greatest risk for this form of indoctrination are adults, whose behavior is strongly characterized by their emotions (you know who you are), and all children.
xxx If emotive adults are not constantly vigilant about screening ethical and moral messages from TV, theater, music, books, magazines, infotainment programs, etc. -- and deliberate about evaluating that communication -- they risk having these messages not only encroach upon, but, over time, actually displace the source code for wholesome values.
xxx Adults notwithstanding, this point cannot be emphasized strongly enough: Children, who do not have the sturdy character foundation that only time and good parenting can provide, are at very high risk of indoctrination through entertainment media. The only means of avoiding such indoctrination in children and highly emotive adults is to avoid exposure to entertainment media with harmful messages.

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