Visual Arts : The Most Accessible Politically Charged Art Form For United States Citizens

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Films are arguably the most accessible politically charged art form for United States citizens. Visual arts are intended to occupy an individual’s senses more than other forms of art, thus they have the power to teach, inspire and shape the perceptions of individuals. Cinemas help to create a shared narrative experience amongst people from different cultural backgrounds, forcing audiences to collectively consider topics they may have never believed serious before. Films have the capacity to stir an individual to action, transform their view on politics and affect an individual’s biases. These characteristics have allowed cinematic creations to play a large role in guiding social change as well as influence political policy in the United States. With advances in modern technology and cinematic popularity, its influence has grown stronger over generations. Although a filmmaker’s intention is to make money and entertain, they often also convey a message that influences citizens’ views on United States politics. Films impart political and ideological messages to citizens, however some political messages that films convey do not result from a conscious plan on part of the filmmakers. For instance, by watching 1930s and 1940s political movies where only men play star roles in the films, an interpretation of the era would be that women were not allowed to join politics, or there were no educated women to fight for the political seats. While this was the case for much of American
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