Natural Born Killers


Oliver Stone’s Portrayal of the Effects of Violent Media
When I was young the only time I willingly woke up early was on Sunday mornings. I would throw on a robe over my pajamas and run down stairs with my brother to the living room and sit myself in the middle of the couch, which was directly in front of our television. To me the best part of the week was watching the morning cartoons with the family while eating breakfast. We always enjoyed good laughs watching the Coyote try to catch the Roadrunner, and I was jealous of the special powers and military devices in cartoons like ‘X-Men’ and ‘GI.Joe’. The habitual watching of cartoons eventually transformed as I reached my teen years. ...

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attire opened gunfire on the students and teachers at their high school in Columbine High School, Colorado, fatally killing 12 students, 1 teacher, and severely wounding 23 others. This massacre caused uproar across the country. What caused these students to do these horrible atrocities? Many blame the negative media, music groups such as Marilyn Manson also known as the antichrist super star, movies that glorify militant and violent behavior such as The Rock and Saving Private Ryan, and lack of positive role models in today’s society.
In Oliver Stone backs up the assumptions that violence in the media such as music videos, movies, cartoons, and newspapers are cause the violence in society today. To portray his beliefs he uses cinematic techniques such as camera angles, shadows, lighting, and sound. And maybe most importantly characters the audience can identify with. The story line follows two serial killers in love named Mickey and Mallory Knox (Woody Harrelson and ...

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in these areas to ease the tension cause by the fathers’ unacceptable actions. Stone’s underlying messages in the parody states that audiences have been desensitized by television shows with violence and abuse, so much that it is a laughing matter.
When presented with particular images constantly, one is prone to make popular what is seen. This popularity can be bad when violence is involved. Mallory and Mickey’s serial killing rampage throughout the country constantly made front-page news, Oliver Stone criticizes the newspapers for glorifying their violent killings into a commodity, making celebrities out of killers. After hearing and reading about the events constantly in the media ...

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