IS VIOLENCE MORE APPEALING TO AUDIENCES THAN SEX NOW?
Not only Alabama won big Thursday night, but so did ABC. According to By the Numbers, the 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Bowl not only got more viewers than all the other major networks combined during the same time period, it won the largest TV audience in a year’s time. By the Numbers says 30,800,000 people watched.
Why? Well, it had almost everything: violence, action, combat, conflict, tragedy, joy, comedy, pathos, music, and a tremendous amount of suspense. What it didn’t have was romantic sex.
Maybe violence is a greater attraction than sex now. The last few times I have been in a movie theater the endless previews of coming attractions showed one violent movie trailer after another, every one of them with that resounding, too-loud, electronic crashing sound and frantic music that accents every violent action. I thought they really went too far when they ran that effect with a guy putting on his hat. Ever hear of a hat making that kind of sound when you put it on?