Friday, July 20, 2007

Awkwardness vs. Violence

Why is it easier to read a scene where a really likeable character dies than an awkward one? It’s the same with watching TV. At an embarrassing moment, you flip the channel and wait for it to be over. When there’s a massacre on the screen, we have no reaction. Are human beings so odd that we are more disturbed by awkwardness than violence?
Admit it. The last time you watched a movie you groaned or squirmed at an uncomfortable moment, but at the scene with all the people getting shot, you didn’t even look away.
Is it because we haven’t seen a massacre? Is it because we can connect better with someone who is embarrassed? I guess we find it easier to put ourselves in the shoes of someone in an uncomfortable silence than being killed. Forgive me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think anybody totally expects to be killed.
In fact, comparing many stories I have read, it is more heartbreaking when someone dies of cancer or another disease or just old age than by murder.

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1 comment:

Maria said...

I think we have more connections with the embarrassing scenes, which reminds us of embarrassing situations which we don't want to think about; therefore, we change the channel!