this is not necessaryly true, as is true with the bysander effect [en.wikipedia.org] and diffusion of responsibility [en.wikipedia.org]. the greatest example is Kitty Genovese where tons of witness watched her raped and killed and did nothing. granted, if you were alone, perhaps you would do something, but it is human psychology to believe that others will help someone is in danger, if you even realize they are in danger at all.
Oh no, don't say that... Now we'll get all our Supermen, Wolverines, and Punishers coming out of the woodwork and telling us the importance of vigilantism and how they'd
be there to defend the weak and innocent...
So much for an end to the comic book superhero stuff. :(
Hey, that gives me an idea though... Maybe that's the one redeeming feature of the TV show: It makes some of the viewers feel
safer in some way, as if something "good" really is being done? If it can create that illusion for someone, make them less afraid about the big bad world that their TV keeps scaring them about, with all it's terrorists, WMDs, comets from outerspace, killer hurricanes, approaching millennial raptures, armies of evil serial killers etc. then maybe it's doing some
good, in a twisted little way, by reducing some of the harm that its already inflicted on their fragile psyches?
That idea is even funnier than the rest. :)
The above was not directed against anyone specific in this thread, there is no intention to insult or offend any of the posters here and the opinions expressed represent only those of the individual who posted them.