If I had kids, I wouldn't necessarily forbid them from watching Harry Potter, but I would want to talk with them first because I wouldn't want them to think that witchcraft and sorcery were things they could dabble in without serious consequences.
My dad has refused to watch or read any HP films or books because of the witchcraft aspect. It's like some of the novels taught in our district; sure, they have some objectionable parts, but those aren't what the book is ABOUT. LOTR and HP aren't just ABOUT sorcery, wars, and witchcraft. They use those ideas to talk about (SPOILER alert :rolleyes: ) themes of friendship, overcoming obstacles, personal strength, knowledge, good OVER evil, etc.
Anyway, it was an objective poll - just about factual current events - maybe things like "Where as Osama Bin Laden killed?" Or "Has Curiosity found evidence of water and conditions for simple single cell life to have existed on Mars?" That sort of thing.
They said Fox News viewers were the least accurately informed. And we know MS-NBC is biased media.
It leaves CNN right in the middle, of objective reporting, or at least seemingly moreso than the other major national news networks.
Local affiliates might not have the funding for any of these larger special episodic coverages of certain issues.
But for the most part, CNN doesn't have time to report on "hauntings, evidence of UFOs, and other supernatural occurences." The Sci-Fy Channel has its niche there.
Now I'm not a Harry Potter fan. I never made time for it. However, I am just not a believer. If kids wanted to read from "a spell book" and try to be "evil magicians" or something - let them. Absolutely nothing is going to happen except they will see that they're wasting their time.
I have been trying to use the Dark Side of the Force ever since I was a child so that I might commit untraceable murders and advance politically through assasination by Force chokes and Dark Side Lightning. I have thus far been unsuccessful. A real lightsaber would also be an untraceable weapon. With the Force, I could disable security cameras and motion detectors, or even cause the roofing or whole building to collapse on those I'd want to destroy so that I could assume ultimate power (if I could not use mind tricks to effectively suggest they grant me ultimate power).
Darn it, BigB - I have been trying to become complete "evil" in that sense ever since I first realized just how powerful a Dark Side adept could be. I don't think children reading from a "forbidden book (of falsehoods)" is going to let them become sorcerors. If I could only obtain the power, I'd have done so and ended homelessness, poverty, instituted birth control and mid-level economic education, socialized certain manufacturing and service sectors, and forced reforms to our democracy, and established it world wide, to institute the transition back to self-governance following my bried dictatorship (because I can't be the full-time dictator for too long or I'll miss a lot of baseball seasons, since if I had real power, I'd actually be using it and not serving myself).
Nevertheless, my attempts to become a real weilder of the Dark Side of the Force have thus far failed. I cannot have a clone army of warriors in their 20-somethings without waiting 20 more years for them to mature, and my Death Star is made out of Lego blocks, remains incomplete, and is not likely spaceworthy.
I do not fear socery, voodoo, other kinds of magic etc. If it worked, I'd get myself trained - and institute better public transit and a new monetary system, too. My list of things I'd do with temporary dictator powers goes on and on.
But it's not happening.
The most I can do is generate static electricty from my fingers if I rub my hair with a balloon while standing on clean carpeting.
Have you EVER seen a Dark Lord, Nazi or Communist dictator, warlock or other kind of admirable leader-like person running around rubbing a balloon on their head?
I don't know. If Fidel Castro tried it, I think whatever it would do to his beard would be funny, nevertheless.
The Dark Knight Rises, rather long in the tooth and kinda pointless.
My brother and sis-in-law didn't let the kids see the crispy Anakin scenes at the end of Sith for quite some time. They considered that more disturbing than anything in Mordor.
Life of Pi. Very good, excellent use of music and effects, kept me guessing about what would happen (pretty good for a film about a shipwreck deep at sea). Now I guess I have to read the book.
Catwoman got on the Batbike and the camera stopped for a rear view. Best scene of the whole movie!
That's what Anne Hathaway err....or...Catwoman did.