This past week when our International Conflict tutorial ventured over to the Imperial War Museum, the topic of media violence was relevant. This time though, there was a noticeable awareness for violent content everywhere- and the museum did a great job advertising necessary and obligatory precautions that needed to be taken. There were signs all over the museum with different variations of warning the public of some regions of the museum containing disturbing content which I found to be very effective and something I have not always seen in places that I have previously been to on my trip that have displayed disturbing content.
One that particularly caught my attention was a sign in front of the Blitzkrieg experience. It said no one was allowed under the age of 16 unless an adult accompanied them. For one, I thought the age choice of 16 was quite random, and secondly I also thought this was a rather old age for a restriction. This sign definitely prefaced me to believe the “experience” was going to be quite scary and thrilling considering the restrictions placed upon it. The exhibit definitely wasn’t nearly as disturbing as other areas of the museum I thought and didn’t meet my expectations that the sign created.
How are age restrictions chosen? And do age restrictions preface us to actively seek a thrill of some sort in anticipation of reasoning why there is an age restriction in the first place?