SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
To summarize a book of this kind, in some degree already a summary of a vast mass of material is, as the reader will apprehend, no easy matter.
By selecting certain salient portions of an immense body of research, included in a score of monographs, the writer has endeavored to present, how briefly soever, the chief results obtained by a group of highly trained investigators in the matter of motion picture influence, physical, mental and moral, mainly upon children and young people. These closing paragraphs, therefore, are but the recapitulation of a summary.
Motion pictures, scarcely a generation old in our experience, have proved themselves to be one of those necessary inventions of mankind whose absence or deletion from our civilization is by now virtually unthinkable. At their best they carry a high potential of value and quality in entertainment, in instruction, in desirable effects upon mental attitudes and ideals, second, perhaps, to no medium now known to us. That at their worst they carry the opposite possibilities follows as a natural corollary.
All these things are true because of the vast numbers of the population the pictures are able to reach. Estimates which run as high as 115,000,000 spectators making up