According to film critic Michael Medved, the claim that the entertainment industry merely reflects the level of violence in society simply is not true: If this were true, then why do so few people witness murders in real life but everybody sees them on TV and in Movies? The most violent ghetto isn't in South Central L.A. or Southeast Washington, D.C.; it's on television. About 350 characters appear each night on prime-time TV, but studies show an average of seven of these people are murdered every night. If this rate applied in reality, then in just 50 days everyone in the United States would be killed - and the last left could turn off the TV. If the entertainment industry is a mirror that reflects the level of violence in society, it is a treacherous funhouse mirror that provides a distorted image of reality. There is far more violence in the "reel" world than in the real world.