As the world changes, the way we see it — or prefer to see it — changes with it. People adjust to new technologies, new values, and beliefs, new ethics, new reality. Yet, people themselves change the most. From decade to decade, we spot differences in overall people’s behaviors, sometimes in small things, but the fact that they do change internally when adjusting to external changes cannot be denied.
Hollywood is among many entities that project those changes so they become noticeable to generations to come. The movie industry, in general, has made a huge impact on how people perceive certain things. In the context of the topic, the individualism-collectivism idea is often portrayed in all kinds of films, giving the audience some understanding of what is at the core of a movie plot.
If we look back at the very beginning of movie industry, one can easily notice that most of the movies were made for public and about the public. Filmmakers didn’t bother with including personal drama into a plot, and just tried to satisfy the representation needs of the majority. Moreover, the public community message that could have been sent through such a movie plot to people was a pivot that even put filmmakers under the influence of governmental officials, who wanted particular ideas to float in a certain movie.
Nowadays, however, the individualistic portrayal is prospering. The majority of the movies filmed today are concretely focused on showing a protagonist — a hero of some kind — who is above the others, above the concept of collectivism. The current phenomenon is that people prefer relating to an individual, rather than to a group or a community.
But there are also movies where individual relations are entwined with what was initially supposed to be a collectivism film. Among the famous examples is The Hunger Games, which not only puts an emphasis on the main cast and their drama but also takes movie time to explain other, not any less complex and well-written characters who mostly act as a community. The Hunger Games is still majorly showing an individualist culture, however, it attempts to portray the reasons behind the main idea of the movie not only through one personal story but rather through the mood of the rest.
As the world changes, the way we see it — or prefer to see it — changes with it. People adjust to new technologies, new values, and beliefs, new ethics, new reality. Yet, people themselves change the most.