Assignment 2: Religions and Myths
Human beings need to take time out of their predefined schedules to refresh themselves through entertainment. Every person should create time for entertainment, as it is very important. There is a listing of entertainment platforms from live comedies and performances, movies, and plays. Entertainment is very healthy, and it adds flavor to life. It is also a learning platform. It is surprising to learn how and why people adopt certain cultural values and yet we had never looked at them from that perspective. It is possible that some people change a particular aspect of their life just because it was not done their way in the movie. This paper will therefore elaborate the response to the following question, “Could the movie theater be a secular institution that provides modern Americans with new mythologies that are meaningful in our times?”
In reference to the study of Urtmetzer (2007), the movie theater has significantly impacted the larger American culture. People catch up with the latest developments concerning myths. Traditionally, storytelling characterized the passing of information from one generation to another. The stories were mostly of the origin of own culture. Anything included in the stories of source and other beliefs received a strong regard. A faithful member of the culture was expected to be respectful of the history. The old generation had the responsibility to pass information to the young ones. Today, story telling has been overtaken by events. The beliefs that the Americans identified with traditionally have erosion from the modern ideas found in books, movies, music, and plays. Apart from being entertainment channels, they impact the mythological aspects of the people. They bring about transformation of individuals in regard to their food preferences, mode of dressing, language, and music.
The study of Sultanik (1986) reveals that in every myth, people identify with the hero. It does not matter whether the beliefs and values of the hero hold water or they are just empty concepts. As long as a person’s hero believes in A and not B, the fans must follow the footsteps. Sometimes they do not even need any justification for their change of mind. If the hero does it this way, they are convinced it is the right way (Parker, 2002).
The larger American culture, for example, practices Christianity. If a certain movie or play portrays an individual that does not relate to Christianity, his/her fans are carried away by their beliefs. So long as they have liked the character and would watch the set a million times just because of him/her, they begin to experience a drift of faith. They gradually take to the faith of their movie stars. This is one of the reasons some believers of one religion are converted to other religions. They also adopt his/her style of dressing. Young folks are no longer cautious about the dressing code in America. The influence is all in the movie theater (Sultanik ,1986). The dressing code that the culture adhered to is almost non-existent. The majority of the nationals go by what their stars wear. Even if they walk half-naked, their fans will fall suit. They are brainwashed and look at the heroes as super beings.
Urmetzer (2007) in his scholarly journal reveals that the hairstyles of the American nationals are influenced by the movie theater. Stars that keep their hair short will have their fans visit their barbers. One that wears hair extensions will create the impression that the natural hair is just not the right way. One that wears headscarves will pull a crowd behind them as well. For a male movie star plaiting his hair, the male generation will forget that hair plaiting is identifiable with the female species. As Packer (2002) points out, every culture has certain constitutes of diet. However, just because a movie star has preference for certain foods or is against another, the fans pick the trend and slowly change their diets.
According to the
study of Packer (2002), most of the modern mythologies of America are picked
from the movie theater. A large number of individuals drop their careers to
follow their stars. The major professional fields like doctorate have less
significance in the lives of many young Americans. Their focus has shifted
towards finishing their primary schooling to join the theater. There is a great
misconception about the overall entertainment. Many people think it is a safe
landing for the academically challenged (Urmetzer, 2007). People fail to understand
it is a professional field like any other that requires training and lots of
nurturing. The notion has greatly affected the field with most people opting to
drop out and try their hands on other promising fields. People do not wish to
lose much of their earnings on the movies because they think it is a lesser
industry, and its services are bound to attract cheap prices. The occupational
field of America has experienced a shift to the ‘more valued’ areas with the
movie theater shrinking fast (Packer, 2002).
Packer, S. (2002).Dreams in myth, medicine and movies. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
Sultanik, A. (1986). Film, a modern art. Cranbury, NJ: Rosemont Publishing and Printing Corporation.
Urmetzer, J. (2007). Globaloney: Unraveling the myths of globalization. The Canadian Journal of Sociology, 32, 137-139.