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I agree. When I said "and the news" I was thinking about my grandmother, who was sure she was going to be robbed, raped and murdered every time she left the house. She watched and pored over every crime story there was. I tended to ignore them, and though I had several brushes with danger in my lifetime, I didn't suffer the "effects of crime" that she did.

As people pointed out during the 9-11 incident, little children whose parents didn't prevent them from seeing it over and over on television were made terribly afraid because they couldn't quite understand that it was not a continuing thing.  When I was a young adult, the news didn't report every "juicy" crime that occurred in the world over and over and over like they do today. One gets the feeling that violent crime is just around every corner 24/7, but it isn't, and I refuse to listen to stories about crimes that weren't committed on my street in order to avoid "becoming" my grandmother.

I have liked some films that were violent, though, but not in an enjoyment-of-violence kind of way; it was more in spite of the violence. And "Dexter" is a guilty pleasure.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Fri Feb 1st, 2013 at 12:48:21 PM EST
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