How far do films and television portray people and situations in real life?
Watching films and television program is usually most people’s leisure activity. Judging from the shows that I’ve watched, I feel that films and television hardly portray people and situations in real life. They are almost all make-belief, often so ridiculous that they are laughable.
Ordinary film-shows almost always have to have heroes and villains. Everyone loves a hero like James Bond who seems to be able to get out of every sticky situation without a scratch. We see the heroes get knocked, punched, shot and otherwise abused. However, their wounds would heal so quickly and completely that by the end of the show, they are looking completely healthy or at worse with a symbolic bandage around their arm. This is definitely ridiculous. Just get knocked in the head once and an ordinary man will probably suffer the consequences for days afterwards, or perhaps permanently. But our heroes get knocked every week without any ill-effects.
Besides, the villains too are often unrealistic. They are portrayed as completely bad. To be frank, I’ve not met anyone in real life who is completely bad, nor have I met anyone who is completely good. In real life, each person has his or her bad points and depending on the situation he or she will act accordingly. I know a man who would not give a cent to a beggar but would willingly spend a fortune on his children. How does one judge such a person? To the beggar, he may be stingy, which is considered something bad. On the other hand, he will be considered a good father to his family. Thus he is good or bad according to the situation.
In films and television, in almost every case, the heroes triumph over the villains. If real life were to be as portrayed, by now there should be no villains left in the world or very few of them. Consequently, the world should be flooded with out-of-work heroes. This is hardly the case in the world. On the contrary, wars,...