Our Movie Made Children

By Henry James Forman | Go to book overview

CHAPTER I
THE SCOPE OF MOTION PICTURES

WHO, in these searching times, would not desire to have an answer to the question, Are the movies good or bad for my child? harmful or helpful?

In a general way most of us are aware that the motion picture is a boon to mankind, second in importance-- if second it is--only to the art of printing. So vast and far-reaching are its possibilities for the instruction and entertainment of humanity that did it not already exist we should, if we possessed enough imagination, pray for its invention. The all-pervasive and permeating quality it has demonstrated in the space of a single generation is surely in itself a proof of the pressing human need it represents. The attainment of many of the larger possibilities of mankind must inevitably be helped by its agency, and though we are, in moods of depression, all too prone to see no farther than a pauper's grave with limitless wealth lying all about us, many people already perceive the great possibilities for good in the motion picture and are not a little concerned lest it should be exploited in a contrary direction.

"For the purpose of making and influencing public opinion and thought," declares Dr. John J. Tigert, former United States Commissioner of Education, now president of the University of Florida, "the motion picture in

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