"Bad cop" norm on TV

 Grand Kahlib (@kahlib) 7 years, 10 months ago

I saw part of an episode of one of those crime dramas today while I waited for my car to be serviced. It’s the usual high-intensity situation where the good guys have to catch the bad guy before he murders again, starring emotionally-callous-because-she-cares chick backed by a crew of sophisticated comedians in lab coats, partnered with one of those hard core heroic types… you know the formula. Anyway they go around investigating this case, asking questions. Except they didn’t ask, exactly but bullied, extorted, demanded and in one case put a pillow over some bitch’s head until she talked. All I could think was “the fuck?”. I ask you the same.
Why does our society have the need to continually bask in scenarios where it’s imperative to do wrong? Have we collectively decided that it’s only appropriate to do the right thing when it’s easy?

December 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm
Q (94) (@Qualohuasca) 7 years, 10 months ago ago

@kahlib, well, mainstream media is brainwashing. I’m trying to say this in the least conspiracy theorist-way possible, but it’s impossible. That’s just the way it is. It’s like our understanding of what is beautiful and stuff like that – straight from the media. Call it conditioning, call it brainwashing… tomato/potato.

As to the motive behind this particular type of headbathing (idk): This sort of thing seems to be geared toward making it acceptable for the police or other such force to use immoral means to get what they want. This way (imagine you’re a “normal person” who watches this sort of stuff on the television, votes and generally does what normal people do) if you hear about some guy getting roughed up by the cops, you’ll think “oh, he probably deserved it” instead of “wtf are the police doing”. The viewer supports the cops, because they’re the heroes of the story. The heroic narrative can then be unconsciously applied to real life events that are highly censored and made to seem like heroic acts. It’s obviously a different thing when it happens to yourself, but no one ever believes it could…

Violence by the police is always presented as an acceptable/normal/heroic thing, and it’s never excessive (even though in real life it can very well be). Violence by criminals is presented in a way that makes it seem immoral, disgusting, unprecedented and so on. It’s this way to shape the worldview of the viewer.

josephm (772) (@josephm) 7 years, 10 months ago ago
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