When Nashville flooded in 2010, few people unrelated to the area knew about it for days, largely because the aid providers and the media were too focused elsewhere to respond to a very real crisis that, in the words of Newsweek‘s Andrew Romano, “could wind up being one of the most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history.” In fact, his article, Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood, pops up as the first organic result in a Google search for “Nashville flood.” If it wasn’t for the overwhelmingly positive reaction of local celebrities and the community, as a whole, the Nashville flood may have received more publicity about the lack of publicity than it did about the actual damages incurred by the flood, the needs it created, and relief required to meet those needs. For the most part, however, the conversation was, disappointingly, about the conversation.

Recently, controversy has sparked surrounding the MPAA rating classifications of The Hunger Games, a dystopian blockbuster pitting teenagers against each other in a death match, as PG-13, and BULLY, a stark awareness vehicle for social betterment, as R. By the book, the MPAA (which, by the way, is comprised of a panel of parents) has assigned the correct rating to each work, but the juxtaposition of the two films – and their relative takes on teenage conflict – present too rich a lesson to ignore. While the ratings delivered to these movies have created their share of outcry, the opportunity to seize upon each of them as a tool for coaching teens is drowned out to a whimper, at most.

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