Films and TV series have always depicted violence. However, as the trope of the 'anti-hero' becomes more popular, as does showing violence on screen. Additionally, it is seemingly getting more violent and grotesque, especially as special effects allow violence to become more realistic. Is this just harmless entertainment? Or does it encourage violence in real life?
Yes, films and series glamourize crime.
Films and series are created with this specific sort of content for the Target Rating Point (TRP) without consideration for the impact on the audience, distorting the normality and basic values of the society.
The reel world is mistaken for the real world, giving rise to copycat criminals
Curiosity killed the cat, or so they say. This saying is apt when describing copycat criminals who have been inspired by fictionalized narratives from films or TV series. In recent times, an increase in criminal incidents imitated from films and TV shows are seen all over the world.
Films and series recreate a reality that already exists for authenticity.
Several crimes have inspired media portrayals that have popularized not just the genre of true crime, but the criminal too
The true-crime genre gives an honest and objective portrayal of the truth behind crimes. It allows for a deeper understanding of criminology and brings forth the knowledge that the passage of time does nothing to diminish the criminal intent lurking within humanity as a whole.
The mature adult audiences might not be influenced but the more vulnerable or younger audiences who do not have the understanding, experience or exposure to make sense of it could be influenced.
Crime thrillers are like the Pied Piper to the young and the impressionable of the society
Young people are especially impressionable and are often easily influenced by the violence and crime depicted in films and TV shows. They view violence as an easy solution to all problems, and this negatively affects their psychological and emotional development.