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How do movies affect society?

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saulsarena | Student | Salutatorian

Posted September 12, 2012 at 3:55 AM via web

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How do movies affect society?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 12, 2012 at 4:04 AM (Answer #1)

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Movies can, but do not necessarily, have a great impact on society.  Mostly, they do so by showing people different ways of life and different values that may go on to affect the values that people hold.

This sort of impact of movies can be seen in times such as the 1920s. In that era, movies were new.  They showed people a glamorous way of life that was well beyond what people were used to.  As people saw the material goods shown on screen, and as they saw the exciting things that the characters did, they wanted to have lives like what they saw.  This helped to change society in important ways. 

Today, movies are less likely to have such a great impact on modernized societies like that of the US.  However, certain special movies can still bring about debate on issues by putting them in new perspectives.  For example, the film Juno might be said to have helped put issues of teen pregnancy and abortion in a new light.  Such movies can have subtle but meaningful impacts on society.

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