Topic Sentence #1:King is an exceptional writer, and I think he is especially effective in his use of language and tone to keep the reader engaged so that they enjoy reading even if they don't agree.
Supporting Evidence: I can use evidence from the article to show it is interesting and fun to read. I can also talk about how it was published in Playboy originally, and include information about the audience of Playboy and why they would like it, but also say I enjoyed it too. I will point out that even though I didn't like the dead baby in a blender joke, I found myself repeating it to my roommate who thought it was hilarious. That shows how King knows how to write in a way to keep us interested and also proves his point that we do like horror.
Topic Sentence #2:While King says watching horror movies keeps the “hungry alligators” under control, I think looking at violence desensitizes us.
Supporting Evidence: I can use evidence about my personal story of being desensitized to violence. I may use news items to confirm that people involved in mass shootings have watched lots of violent images. I can look up to see if there are any studies about that.
Topic Sentence #3:King believes that we are all crazy and would act out in violence if we didn't have periodic outlets like horror movies, but I believe watching violence can cause craziness, and that pretend violence leads some people towards real violence.
Supporting Evidence: I can use stories of people who have imitated violent acts from movies or video games to prove this point. I think the story about the two 12-year-old girls who stabbed another girl because of Slenderman would be good evidence here.
Topic #4:Most of all, I think that the article serves as a way to placate the original readers of Playboy into thinking that their own vice of viewing pornography is not only all right but actually beneficial.
Supporting Evidence: This idea is a new one that came to me as I started thinking about where the article was published. I can talk about the readers of Playboy and how this article would have originally appealed to them. I can also talk about how this article addresses a bigger question in our society of how what we watch influences us. Now that pornography doesn't have to be bought in a brown wrapper from behind a counter, does it have more or less power over us? Does Stephen King's argument about the power of the horror movie and other violent images to dispel the evil inside really stand up when those images are available 24/7, and real live beheadings of reporters by terrorists can be seen by anyone with a smartphone?
Topic Sentence #5:As the profiles of school shooters and other mass murderers demonstrate, King is wrong about his contention that what we watch doesn't matter in real life.
Supporting Evidence: I can talk about the recent increase in numbers of mass shootings and tie that to the increase in violent video games and kids having all sorts of images available to them all the time. Maybe I can find some evidence showing that these shooters are influenced by what they have seen and want to imitate images on the screen. I can point out that perhaps the fact that in video games the participants are actively involved in shooting and hurting other people might be different than the experience of watching that King describes.
People have enjoyed a state of fear since a long time ago, but only the appearance of the cinema made depiction of fear as real and graphical as the real life can be. Over the course of the 20th century the horror movies of all kinds, from crudely primitive to rather intellectual have been extremely popular and remain to be so in the 21st one. But why?
The main reason, in my opinion, is that, no matter what people say about modern world and how terrible it is, the fact that the life of the majority of people is much safer and pleasanter than it used to be in the ages passed is certain. A couple of hundred years ago an average man had enough problems and fears of his own to be interested in additional adrenaline received from artificial ones.
In addition to this, people seem to be showing a tendency to love to be afraid. The regularity with which public consciousness creates new and new global scarecrows, like annual deadly pandemics and ends of the world, global warming, Large Hadron Collider and so on, shows that humankind is simply bored and wants to create distractions.
While not being an actual scarecrow, horror movies serve as an excellent short-span adrenaline stimulator, so it is no surprise so many people are fond of them.
All in all, horror movies seem to be a…