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Dec
09

Diversions

 

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http://www.mpaa.org/MovieAttendanceStudy.pdf

 

My next few posts will be different.

I didn’t post anything last week, during the Christmas holiday, because of the rush of the season and some recent personal issues that have befallen me and my family.

That said, I’ve decided to embark on a slightly different tack for these next few posts: Movie Reviews.

“…during the Great Depression…a higher percentage of the population went to the cinema each week than during the times of economic expansion and great prosperity…”

Michelle Pautz, 
The Decline in Average Weekly Cinema Attendance,
Issues in Political Economy, 2002, Volume 11

Because of or in spite of the things I’ve recently faced, I’ve found myself in the theatre lately, seek diversion. Studies show  that during difficult times in our culture, motion picture attendance increases, as people seek diversion from their personal problems.

“During the Depression, cinemas provided an escape from life and the plague of problems that accompanied it in the tough time…”

Michelle Pautz, ibid.

 

Let me say here, that our relationship with the Lord is enough to get us through the toughest of times (Philippians 4:13), but there are times when a person just doesn’t want to think about his problems and submerge himself in the dark of the cinema and forget for a few hours. That I have done recently. Besides, going to the movies around the New Years’ holiday has become somewhat of a tradition around our house, provided suitable entertainment can be found.

 “A major function of the cinema was a source of entertainment and a way for people to forget their troubles with stories that almost always had happy endings…

Michelle Pautz, ibid.

So, my regrets to all of you who stop by here for my usual blogs (Agree/Disagree, etc.), but we’ll be back on track soon. Until then, please tolerate my brief diversion…

GB&G2U

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