There are a few reasons why politicians paid little notice to this shift in American film culture [the must more intensely violent films of the 70s than today]. Most obviously, Vietnam, the first televised war, was raging and American families were watching real terror every night on the evening news. Politicians were on the defensive dealing with reality, not fiction. “They were hardly in the position to criticize Hollywood morality when they were slaughtering people everyday in Vietnam,” says Biskind.
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