Vodcast: Is The Birth of a Nation’s Grittiness Actually a Good Thing?

The new Birth of a Nation movie is rated R, and rightfully so. But its subject matter has us wrestling again with a tricky concept: maybe, just maybe, harsh content can sometimes serve a purpose.

The truth of the matter is this: Life—both modern and historical—is not as cut and dry as we like to make ourselves think sometimes. The stories we tell and consume reflect that reality in both valuable and, often, gratuitous ways.

So, in light of that, what are we supposed to make of a movie like The Birth of a Nation?

That’s a question we wrestle with constantly here at Plugged In. Today, we wanted to wrestle with it with you and hear your thoughts on the matter, as well.

So… what do you think?

And, for those of you who want to take this discussion on the go, you can stream or download the show over on Soundcloud.


Who wrote this?

Jake Roberson is Plugged In’s social media manager and strategist. He’s the father of four children and husband of one wife, and he quite likes life that way. He also likes writing about entertainment, pop culture, dadhood … and food. He’s also a former Guinness World Record holder for participating in the largest hacky sack circle. Catch up with him on Twitter @jake_roberson

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