I think it's about time someone put in a good word for violence in media, especially on television.
I was talking last week with a friend who said he was disturbed by scenes of carnage, bombings and shootings. The scenes, he said, were too gruesome, showed too much blood and revealed too much gore.
But you know, those scenes were real life. Those scenes showed what real bodies look like when they are shot with real bullets or blown up with real bombs.
Those bodies left lots of blood on the ground. Those people didn't get back up at the end of the newscast. Those folks didn't come back to life after the credits ended.
And I thought, if everyone realized what violence really does, perhaps we would have less of it. Maybe if more people saw the result of real violence, maybe they would be less likely to cause murder and mayhem.
You see, violence on television isn't what violence is really like. What we see on television is pretend violence. Even violence in the news is sanitized violence, with little evidence of the real consequences.
In real life, when someone is shot with a 38, or stabbed with a hunting knife or impaled on a guard rail they don't get back up. They bleed a lot. And when they die, they don't just collapse in a nice, clean heap. They bleed some more. They usually lose control of their bladder and bowels. It gets very, very messy, and they don't get back up.
Now, perhaps showing the real results of real violence is not something we should be doing on television. But there is a lesson here. The real result of real violence is that people are hurt, and they die; sometimes physically, and sometimes emotionally. They don't get back up. And many times, you can't put them back together again. And that's real life.