Without trying to be moralistic, is it too much to ask of Hollywood that it have a modicum of social conscience? Are the film makers aware of the effect of the endless violence-formula movies on the Third World?
It's all fun and games and make a buck--or a megabuck--in Hollywood, but in the Philippines it's translating visual fiction into reality. Some of the movies are good how-to-do-it training films in terroristic techniques, for example. Am I blaming Hollywood for some of the killings here? In part, certainly. The Philippines in many ways is young and impressionable, and the violence Hollywood promulgates as " macho "--which hopefully most Americans laugh at--is taken seriously here and imitated.
And the violence is not only imitated in life, but by Philippine film makers, who, looking to Hollywood for what constitutes box-office success (this is still a derivative contemporary culture), make their own low-budget glorifications.
The missing word in Hollywood lexicons--maybe because it's been disappearing from American life--is: values . A value is something of intrinsic worth, like love or friendship, that all the money in the world could not buy. (If one could buy them, they would no longer be love or friendship.)