Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Violence and Young Minds

While some at Gene Expression claim that Passion is going to be the best film in history of cinema, Newsweek is more concerned about the effects of hyper-realistic violence, blood and gore on young viewers.

According to Jutarnji list, those concerns were absent from the minds of religious education teachers in one of Zagreb's high schools. In order to familiarise class with nasty side effects of premarital sex, teacher showed documentary about abortion. The documentary included graphic display of the procedure with all of its gory details. Needless to say, when confronted with those pictures, many students became sickened and started to cry. Some wanted to leave classroom, but the teacher forbade them.

It is hard to tell whether such shock tactics would work. I remember that showing equally gory pictures on Croatian national television during 1991-95 war didn't turn Croatians into pacifists.


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