Quentin Tarantino Is Not A Slave

Jan 14 2013 @ 2:57pm

The director's refusal to talk about the effects of violent media consumption is making the rounds:

Frum is taken aback by Tarantino's word choice:

"Don't ask me a question like that …. I am not your slave and you are not my master." You'd think a man who'd spent the past year and a bit immersed in a movie about the antebellum South might see the difference between this one unwelcome moment in his ultra-luxury movie promotion tour and the real experience of slavery: a lifetime in bondage, exploitation, and degredation, but … no. Slavery – like the suffering of the Jews in Nazi-occupied Jews – seems interesting to Tarantino mostly as a prophylactic against those who accuse him of delighting in sadism for its own sake.

Meanwhile, Waldman finds no link between violent media consumption and violence:

[I]f exposure to violent media was a significant determinant of real-world violence, then since media culture is now global, every country would have about the same level of violence, and of course they don't. Japan would be the most violent society on earth.

Have you seen the crazy stuff the Japanese watch and play? (Two words: tentacle porn. Don't ask.) But in fact, Japan is at or near the bottom among industrialized countries in every category of violent crime, from murder to rape to robbery. There are many reasons, some of them cultural, some of them practical (like the fact that it's basically illegal for a private citizen to own a gun there), but the point is that even if all that violent media is having an effect on Japanese psyches, the effect is so small that it doesn't make much of a difference on a societal level.

Christopher Ferguson has more:

Youth violence has declined to 40-year lows during the video-game epoch, and countries that consume as much violent media as we do, such as Canada, the Netherlands, and South Korea, have much less violent crime, even if you factor out gun violence.