Going back to the late 1960s and all through the 1970s, I used to read all that I could get my hands on regarding violence in television and movies. In many newspaper and magazine article and also in books, I would bump into a term, a subject: passive viewing. A passive television viewer was said to be susceptible to the violent sight and sound information of a television program (and, by extension, a movie in a theater); i.e., this category of viewers was most likely to act out as a consequence to a violent television program or movie in theater..... My memory is hazy, but I think I'm right about this... I never read anything about what the opposite of a passive viewer was. I'm being serious -- I am not trying to be facetious, here. So I'll ask a question: what is an active television or movie viewer? If you read my pieces at tumblr, I use the English language to convey the act of watching a movie (I haven't written about a teleivision program, yet). So...what is an active television or movie viewer?