David Wong, “Five Ways You Don’t Realize Movies Are Controlling Your Brain”
Which is why when people say that TV, movies, books aren’t important — they don’t know what they’re saying. These forms of media tell narratives about ourselves and the world around us. They help to form our world.
Stories matter, and the way they are portrayed matters. They can demonstrate our humanity, or work to further oppress us. I think storytellers do have a responsibility to create work that examines what it means to be human, all the good, bad and what’s left in between. I think they do have a responsibility to be critical of our societies. I think there is a moral obligation to push forward a more humane way of being.
These things have to, and should be taken seriously.
when an artist wants to show you their art
or a writer wants you to read what they’ve written
it’s quite often an expression of trust
because a poem or a story or a painting are often things that come from the heart
little pieces of the artists themselves
and if they’re willing to share it with you
you should appreciate it