How Movies Inspire Violence

by Kevin Sliman
(State College, PA)

The movie industry has been demonized for years, being cited for affecting our culture in negative ways across the board, from sexuality to violence. But recently I have been witness to how movies inspire violence on a whole new level.

Blood Red

Redbox is a DVD vending machine. They are located in stores of all sorts and they offer a fairly decent variety of new releases and a few slightly older movies. You can find Redbox from convenience stores to grocery stores. The great thing about Redbox is you can get a movie for $1. That’s right, $1. A pretty good deal.

The bad thing is that it is a vending machine. I am sure you remember the old days of perusing the local video store. We have all gotten stuck searching for movies with that annoying stranger who just happens to be looking at the same movies you are. The scene looks like a slow-motion race with plenty of “Excuse me's” mixed in. You both amble your way through the New Release section as you try to either speed up or slow down only to run into that person again in the H section.

Million Times Worse

Now, it is annoying to look at movies with someone who happens to be hovering around your general area, but you can move away and go look at the Sci-Fi area for a few minutes to avoid walking the whole alphabet with your new movie pal. With Redbox you are stuck. You are stuck behind that person for 5, 10, 15 sometimes 20 minutes as they look through page after page of movies. Then they do it again. And if they are getting more than one movie, you are in for quite a wait. And that is only if there is one person in front of you.


Now I am usually a fairly non-violent type of person. I usually can hold it in when confronted with such a challenging scene. But Redbox sends me over the edge. I recently was behind a mass of indecision when waiting to rent a movie. It took about 25 minutes to get to my turn. I had 2 families in front of me. Total time per family: 12.5 minutes. Time of my transaction: < 1 minute.

Now I know why they do not have Redboxes in cutlery stores.

Rules Of The Redbox

What did that experience teach me? Not to rent from Redbox for one. But it also taught me that some rules need to be in place for what I would like to call Redboxiquette.

1. Do not come to Redbox with no clue of what you are going to rent.
2. Do not search for movies that have not been released in the past decade. No- Ernest Goes to Camp is not in there.
3. Do not go back and forth between pages numerous times thinking something else will appear. It won’t.
4. Do not search for your movie by genre if it has not come up in the A-Z category. It’s not in there.
5. Do not choose the time you are looking for a movie to rent to bone up on your general movie knowledge. Yes, there is info on every movie. You do not need to read each one.
6. Do not put your email address in the machine. Hit “No Thanks” and remember you rented a movie for a dollar!
7. Do not call your friends at home and ask them about movies they like, liked or would like.
8. Moreover, do not answer your cell phone while picking a movie as people just keep touching buttons on the screen while doing nothing productive because they are concentrating on the phone call and not the movie rental process.
9. Do not look at the person waiting behind you and say “I’m sorry.” If you were really sorry you would hurry up and choose or you would let them go before you.
10. Do not use this time to go over with the person you are with all of the movies you have seen and discuss, in detail, how much you liked them.

These simple steps should allow you and the people behind you to have a pleasant and memorable Redbox experience. Should you choose to deviate from any of the aforemetioned rules, a mob mentality may arise from the line which follows you and you could very well be subjected to some very serious movie violence.

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