Do movies incite criminal behavior?

Our universe is 13.77 billion years old, Earth is 4.54 billion years old, human race is 200,000 years old, and the era of movies started 125 years ago. Since the advent of human, history has witnessed several atrocities on humans, ironically, committed by humans. History has witnessed the most heinous crimes that some of them are not even possible today. If we observe closely, we will realize that world is becoming a better place to live than it used to be. People are benevolent, they have moral values, and they have the power to discern between good and evil.

When we were small, our grandmother would tell us stories and fairy tales. A story, in which, good would eventually overcome evil. A story, in which, the protagonist would kill the antagonist. A movie is nothing but a story in audible and visual form. A movie is a portrayal of characters, imagination of writers, execution of directors, and the work of many others involved. Like a story, a movie stimulates imagination, thinking, creativity, and curiosity. Movies are the way of communicating ideas, experiences, feelings, and perceptions. Movies educate, show a new world, and open up a new dimension. They make us laugh, and they make us cry. They entertain us when we are bored. Most importantly they inspire us. We all like watching movies, and we all have our favorites. The choice of movies and the choice of genre differ for different people, and they should.

Out of different genre of movies, only few have crime and violence as their main theme. They do show crime and violence, but it is inevitable. They show crime because it’s in their theme. They show violence because story demands it. But viewers always know that the crime shown in the movie is not real. Almost all of them depict criminals as villains, the hero defeats them, they are punished, and crime is always shown in a bad light. Movies make people aware of the crimes and their repercussions. They also show that criminals don’t lead an easy life, and no crime goes unpunished. In the end, if something inspires a person that is the hero, heroic deeds and achievements, not the villain or crime. Some people might argue that there were few incidents inspired from a movie, but that was not the scene from the movie which incited the criminal, instead that was his mental state.

Movies allow us to live many lives. When we watch a movie, we delve into a different world, a world of surprises and wonders. They enrich us with different experiences. They inspire us. They let our emotion flow. They tell us about different cultures and bring social diversity. They are one of the best things happened to us.

Recently, I submitted the above article in a written debate session, which was conducted at Voiceit Toastmasters Club.

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