The Dark Knight and Catharsis Theory

Poster de Batman The Dark Knight  by MyCine.

I watched The Dark Knight nights ago. Well, who didn’t anyway? It’s prolly the most-anticipated movie of the year.

I’ve read a lot of movie reviews, both negative and positive, before I watched the film. The reviews were pretty interesting! And they made me eager to watch it.

The movie was literally “dark”. I mean, the movie itself and not the moviehouse. hehe. Most of the scenes were taken in dark lighting. I know that’s the effect they wanted to achieve, though. There were explosions, gunshots, and brutal killings in most of the scenes plus the horrible and scruffy faces of Joker and Two-Face (thankful ako kasi may mas pangit pa sa kin) 😆 They were so freaky. Actingwise, Ledger’s performance was great. And of course the movie was done with superb technicality with excellent SFX and all that. BTW, this is not a review ’cause I know a lot has been said about the movie. Why so serious, anyway? hehe. Oh wait, I’ll just comment on Batman’s pa-cute-whispering-voice. I didn’t like it much. Peace!

The reviews were very accurate – the movie is a bit violent. Most of the scenes are not suitable for very young audiences. Patnubay ng magulang ay kailangan. hehe.

But we have to deal with it. Movies and some other media, that are intented to entertain and inform us, have some violent contents. This media endorsement of violence is believed to be justified by the concept of catharsis (katharsis), a Greek word which means “purging or cleansing” (thanks to my Communication Theories prof for teaching me this). This communication theory states that constant exposure of people to violent media could be an outlet for them to purge anger and aggression. This notion  was actually intoduced by Aristotle who believed that viewing tragic plays was a way of releasing negative feelings and reducing anger. In comtemporary media, filmmakers prolly believe that viewing violence could create same effect to the viewing public’s behavior. This can also be noticed in some violent computer games, claiming that playing violent games is one way of purging aggressive urges.

Now the question is, how do violent media like The Dark Knight affect the behavior of a viewer? Does it really help someone get rid of aggressive urges or does it increase someone’s aggression instead? These are intriguing questions.

While the concept that you need an outlet for aggressive urges may be valid, it may also be detrimental especially to young viewers who are vulnerable and are more likely to be manipulated by violent media. This has been the most controversial issue here. Perhaps, this is the reason why some movie critics found the movie “disturbing” and “violent”, qualities which make the movie not suitable for young audiences. A 20-year-old man, with complete gruesome make-up like The Joker, was actually arrested recently in Michigan for stealing some posters and other Batman-related items.

Well, viewing violent media is not the only factor that causes aggression but its effect to some viewers cannot be ignored. Remember that this is a theory, meaning it can be plausible and invalid in some extent. The bottom line is that a certain media content can have different effects to individuals. “Not everyone who watches violent media becomes aggressive, and not everyone who is aggressive watches violent media.” What ya think?

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25 Comments on “The Dark Knight and Catharsis Theory”

  1. FerBert Says:

    di ko naman binsa dahil mukha syang spoiler..

    kelangan ko ng mapanood to pero syempre uunahin ko muna yung a very special love..

    sir, gano kaclose? ahahaha

  2. Geisha Says:

    bravo!
    this is one applauded entry.

    while it is true that violence begets violence, it does not necessarily follows. viewing violent scences be it in theatre or in real life is not directly proportional to the rearing of an individual. at least in some psychological theories. but forgive me if i may not site one directly. nakalimutan ko na lahat ng yun when i left the portals of the university!ehheheheh 😆

    catharsis theory in mass communication is a contemporary to classical conditioning by Ivan Pavlov.

    in laymens term, ang ginagawa ng matanda ay tama sa mata ng bata! that is if we will apply tabula rasa! but that another story!

    ang labo ng comment ko! hahahahahahhah

    cenxa na lasing ako!

  3. donG hO Says:

    The bottom line is that a certain media content can have different effects to individuals.>>> i agree with this. we did this study when we were in college for our english/research class. your conclusion is valid. violence in movies can affect the audience with them not noticing it.

  4. wei vines Says:

    nice one! nakuha mo!
    sabi nga nila eh: too much fantasy can affect reality….and I believe that.
    Pero kung reality naman pinakita mo, baka hindi naman bumenta sa masa yung palabas… kaya nga di ganong kumikita mga indie film eh…

    the bad part is that, yung gingawa ng karamihan, akala nila…tamaa!!!

  5. rimewire Says:

    homaygad

    impeyrnes tu yu, yunik yung post mo, kase mga 2000 posts na ata sa dark nyt ang nbasa ko at ikaw lng ang ng-introduce ng tiyoryang iyan

    nosebleed

    hakhak

    elyens

    XXXxx

  6. Lhurey Says:

    just passing by..

  7. beera Says:

    until now, i still find myself shocked and disturbed when i think of joker’s laugh. ako! ako pa ang natakot sa barubal kong ito. nakakatakot pag ginagaya ni M yung trademark laugh ni Joker. ugh.

  8. lethalverses Says:

    ayun!!

    Well, para sakin hindi naman siya Violent – kasi mas bayolente kong tao hehehe… joke.

    Gusto ko ang insight mo and comparison ng thoughts between the movie itself and its supposed viewer… Though I still believe that a single or two “violent” movies is enough to trigger violence in a person. Movies may serve as “final push”, and so are other factors, pero merong mas malalim na reason causing the person to “snap”.

    …napadaan, at patambay ulit.

  9. y Says:

    parekoy! sensya na di ako nakakapagreply sa mga sms, busy lang lately. alam na. anyway, i watched the movie yesterday. i only have few words to say: “i didn’t really like it.” nanghinayang pa ko sa lamborghini murcielago na pinabangga lang ni bruce. hehe! kanya-kanyang point of view lang talaga.

  10. BADoy Says:

    on the other side, i really like ledger’s performance! applauded! i felt that life is balance, there is good and evil. may isang line din na natuwa ako na sinabi nya kay batman na “you complete me” parang life without batman will be bore for him… parang good and evil compliment each other parang di pwedeng maging plain at happy moments in life…sometimes we are doing strange things which are not good but we know we are happy doing those things…


  11. sa totoo lang natakot ako kay Joker. ha haha. tanda kong ito. hindi rin ako makapaniwala na magkakaron ng epek yan sa akin. he hehe. at kasama ko si lethalverses at vera ng pinanuod yan. 🙂

  12. lawstude Says:

    korek ka parekoy “not everyone” although meron talaga mga fanatics na sobra like yung experience ko dati noong manood ng sine na galit na galit yung mga tao sa kalaban ni FPJ. gigil na gigil talaga.

    haven’t watched the dark night yet but probably this weekend kasi walang lakad eh.

  13. Leyn Says:

    isa lang ang masasabi ko, wag ka tatabi kay lethalverses sa sinehan kasi biglang sumisigaw. haha.

    dropping pare!

  14. ced Says:

    go joker!

    go heath ledger!

    sayang tlaga sya no?

    pero maypapalit na sa kanya.. lex ata name. hehe

    ingats parekoy!


  15. Hindi ko pa ‘to napanood. Mahal kasi manood ng sine dito sa Singapore. At tulad ni Ferbert, mas excited ako sa movie ni Sarah Geronimo. *LOL*

  16. lethalverses Says:

    hahaha oo nga, napapasigaw ako sa sinehan kasi ang likot ng kamay ni kdr at leyn, nilalapastangan ako!

    hehehe…

  17. taps Says:

    Gusto ko magpatattoo, mukha ni joker sa braso ko.

  18. Aling Baby Says:

    ako rin indi ko pa to napapanood pero for sure we’ll watch it, napaka-interesting ng post mo. indi rin ako mahilig sa movie that promotes violence but whatdaheck it’s heath’s last movie and im dying to see it. hehe 🙂

  19. watusiboy Says:

    hmm, ngayon ko lang narinig ang Catharsis Theory a. interesting.
    siguro yung viewer pa rin ang magdedecide kung magpapaapekto sya sa pinanood nya. pero pwede mo lang iinvoke yun kung nasa hustong pag-iisip na yung tao. kung bata, ibang usapan na.

  20. Jhaynee Says:

    di na ko nakakapanood ng movie.. wala na kasing movie-mate.. hehehe..

    di ako nanood ng violent movies eh.. nadedepress ako lalo.. hehehe..

  21. paolo Says:

    nice. very informaitve.

  22. Stanleyliew Says:

    I always think that the best way to “release” anger is to talk to another person and release everything. THAT is the best way, not watching a violent movie (although I enjoy those…..). Personally I think this theory is right in a sense that the movie does leave an impression on a person and its important how that individual deals with it and not get influenced. Cheers!

  23. petitay Says:

    sana makapagigtas din si batman ng umaga.. hehe..

  24. leylander Says:

    Batman has a day job. So it’s wise to detonate an A prolly twenty minutes after lunch break. Gotham would look awesome!


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