Reality Imitating Art

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    As the I.T. Director for my corporation, I am often invited to exclusive events, with the intent that someone will sell me something. Yesterday, I attended an event by Citrix that had the enticement of screening the film "The Dark Knight Rises" before it was released to the public. It's a good movie, well done in every respect.

    Without offering a spoiler, I can say that there is a particular scene where 4 gunmen enter a movie theater from behind the screen. Initially the audience is shown watching the screen, and you see shadows form behind it as the gunmen walk forward. When they get close, they open fire on the audience and walk through the screen, presumably killing everyone in the theater.

    In Colorado, a gunman acted out this scene in real life, murdering 12 people. The gunman had clearly either seen the movie in prerelease or had seen the cut in question. Either way, there is no question that this was his influence. So what level of responsibility does Hollywood bear for incidents like this? Any?

    Thoughts?
     
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    I think Hollywood bears zero responsibility for situations like this.
     
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    Hollywood is always saying that their movies are "ground breaking" and that after you see a particular film that "you will never view (insert political cause here) the same again". How many times have we heard from these media people that their actions are designed to "push society forward" whether they like it or not.

    And now when something happens that they didn't want or plan for they wanna' absolve themselves of any responsibility? I don't think so.

    Don't let Hollywood off the hook.

    Also, the shooter "didn't do that all by himself, someone else helped him do it." Couldn't resist! :D
     
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    Even though they clearly put the idea into the head of the gunman, resulting in 12 dead and 50 wounded?

    This isn't subtle, he chose the movie the scene was in, to act out that particular scene.
     
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    Unless the gunman in Aurora KNEW that this scene was in the movie, it's just a grotesque coincidence. There's nothing to indicate that he had any prior knowledge.

    And, his apartment was completely booby-trapped with bombs.
     
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    He knew. He acted out the exact scene. Warez sites have had the film for months, he obviously had a bootleg copy.

    I disagree, this was carefully scripted to coincide with the movie.

    Yep. Had he used a bomb, the death toll would have been far higher, so this again demonstrates that he was acting out the scene from the film.
     
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    None.
     
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    What about the gun manufacturer and the store that sold it?
     
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    Assuming they followed legal requirements, none. If the guy was under psychiatric care and the physician was aware this might happen, then possibly some responsibility there. However, if you are looking for responsibility, you really need look no further than the person holding the gun.
     
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    and the system which does not deal with the mentally insane propery
     

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