I went to see the movie “Joker” last night. If you don’t know, it is about one of the villains in the DC comic verse, and it is not a superhero action movie, but a story of how a villain becomes a villain. There have been many warnings about this movie, namely- this is rated R for a reason- do not bring kids. There have also been warning that this movie could trigger violence.
I don’t know how it is where you live, but in NYC we get about twenty five minutes of previews before a movie starts. So I make a bathroom break towards the end of the previews. As I walked down the theater aisle to exit, I saw a man walking towards me, straight down the center of the narrow corrider, really giving me no way to pass him on either the left or right. I had to flatten myself against the wall because he wasn’t budging.
Now, I’m used to road hogs, but this guy kind of creeped me out.
Creeped me out a lot.
So much so that when I got back into the theater I looked around to where he was sitting, I found him, took as much stock of what he wearing as I could in the semi darkness, and then began looking for exits, escape routes and places to hide. Could I fit under a reclining seat, or should I jet squeeze behind it? I was so creeped out, that I was prepping for an attack, if one were to happen. I spent as much time worrying about the theater itself as I did watching the movie. I’m pretty sure I missed a pretty important psychological aspect to the movie….
Obviously, my worries were for naught.
There are many ways to interpret and discuss the scenario, but for today, let’s focus on the media. Does the amount of “news” and myriad ways we have of disseminating information do more harm than good?