The television is humanity's most dangerous invention.
This film examines contemporary storytelling and the production of reality in reference to George Gerbner’s ‘Mean World Syndrome’, a social theory correlating violence in the media with the construction of a falsified culture of fear. With the increasingly high-impact nature and broader injection of violence into mainstream programming, our minds, almost subconsciously, cultivate a sense of apprehension, victimisation and paranoia, which manifest in our daily interactions with society. The syndrome has particular pertinence for the youth demographic, whose mass consumption of television violence indoctrinates a disproportionate outlook of hostility, danger and mistrust towards the wider world from an early age.
This work was produced as part of my Higher School Certificate Major Work.