How do you feel after you watch a movie?
How do movies affect you? Do some make you cry? Do you fall asleep halfway through?
For me, this is an interesting psychological issue. Every time I watch a movie (especially at the theater), I’m slightly tired afterwards. And I tend to think about the message the movie puts forth.
All movies have some sort of message – a way they interpret the world. When you watch a movie, you are put into that world. Think about a movie theater: Inside it, everything is dark but the gigantic movie screen. Your whole attention is on the movie (popcorn doesn’t distract you unless you spill it everywhere). There are no commercials or breaks, so your thoughts are on the same thing for more than an hour.
Again, I probably wouldn’t have thought of this if I hadn’t read “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman. One of Postman’s points is to consider the context, the way information is presented: People who saw the Kennedy-Nixon debate on TV had a different opinion of who won than the people who listened to the debate on the radio.
My guess is that an unbroken, video or TV story lasting an hour or two affects people in certain ways. It even makes a difference whether the movie is on TV or in the theater – theaters don’t have commercials, and you can’t pause the screen.
Think about it!