Personally, I find shows like "two and a half men" extremely offensive and the fact that it was at one time the most popular tv show in Australia far more disturbing than any horror movie I could watch.
Stiflers Mom (23-11-2012)
The post that stuck out to me was something along the lines of 'i have to window what kind of people enjoy this' im paraphrasing of course but its (to me) making those people are to be something they just arent
I think for the lay person labelling something with 'porn' as in 'torture porn' implies that its a movie about people having sex and doing/being tortured. Regardless of the fact that the definition of porn is all about rising heartbeat, hormonal response, etc, etc (as a pp mentioned) I think the average person will see porn as sex.
If you are going to label something I think you need to be careful about the label and what it means to the general population, not the Oxford dictionary definition.
Does anyone remember the 'Faces of Death' doco or whatever it was supposed to be in the '80s. That was released....the subsequently banned and all everyone wanted to do was rent it. Same with Shocking Asia. I think when you ban something people will just want to see it more, ends up driving it underground and thats when worse things can happen.
Last edited by FluffyDucks; 23-11-2012 at 16:07. Reason: it posted before i could finish!
I don't think they should be called 'porn' in any way, because then it takes away from real porn., but that's just me. Probably better labeling might be called for? Who knows.
I personally can watch a certain amount of horror and gore if the plot is interesting, but I find that once I've seen the film, that's it. Like the original Saw movie...great movie, great plot...but once I knew what happened and had the conversation with myself "gee what would I do?" That was it. I can't watch it again and again because I already know the intricate details of the movie, the only thing I'd be watching is the gore - again! Which I cannot do.
I've tried watching it again...but I can't because now that I know what happens the curiosity of (what happens next) is gone and I'm left with mindless gore.
My husband can watch gory movies till the cows come home. Somebody mentioned how they can't understand well I don't fully understand it either but I most certainly don't think less of a person. My husband can watch gory movies but if he sees an animal being tortured or in pain for real...he falls apart and needs to stop it. Maybe because the movies are make believe and a real animal being hurt is - real? But then he has been a funeral director/undertaker/mortician too and he can handle that - I would not. Doesn't make him desensitised, he just has the abilitity to separate things in his mind better than other lay people.
I personally don't think there's any hard and fast rule about the 'type' of people and most certainly don't believe any 'study' either because humans are more complex than all that and it'd be impossible to study every single scenario and separate the types of people.
My husband is case in point. The nicest guy in the world, has the heart of gold but has the ability to switch if off for work in order to get his job done. I hazard a guess that same ability is used while watching make believe films too. Not everyone has that ability - I don't think it makes anyone more or less empathetic. I believe one is born with the ability to empathise and it is either neglected or nurtured during childhood.
That goes for all of you BTW not just this member. Just getting a bit annoyed seeing all the implications in this thread.
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