“If we want to answer correctly, we
have to fall back on the idea of collective catharsis. In every society, in
every collectivity, exists-must exist-a channel, an outlet through which the
forces accumulated in the form of aggression can be released. This is the
purpose of games in children's institutions, of psychodramas in group therapy,
and in a more general way, of illustrated magazines for children--each type of
society, of course, requiring its own specific kind of catharsis. The Tarzan
stories, the sagas of twelve year- old explorers, the adventures of Mickey
Mouse, and all those "comic books" serve actually as a release for
collective aggression.”
Frantz Fanon