Genre anxiety was and still is to some degree a movement that began as far back as the Civil Rights Movement and even further back to the early Hitchcock films. The idea is to utilize the ‘genre anxiety’ story as a device to project social reaction based on ideological events taking place at a particular time. The Blaxploitation films for instance derived from the Civil Rights Movement and all the conflicts dealing with equality and racial tensions. The same events that ere taking place during this time were also portrayed or reflected in ‘anxiety’ films. When film was discovered as a ‘weapon’ so to speak that could reach the masses. Producers, writers and activists would use this genre as a way to ‘ send a message’ so to speak that would give an authentic representation of current events told from the minority perspective. A somewhat modern day ‘anxiety’ film that comes to mind is Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee). The film takes place during a long, hot day in Brooklyn, NY. Its an urban neighborhood and seems as if almost in a depression. People know one another and accept one another, and although there are problems, there is still a sense of community. The neighborhood is predominantly black other than two of the main corner businesses. An Italian Pizza restaurant and a Korean Liquor store. Mookie (Spike Lee) delivers pizza for the restaurant and also acts as a messenger of news and gossip. Everyone in the neighborhood knows everyones business and on this extremely hot day tensions begin to build and things begin happening under the surface. Old hurts are remembered and finally the movie explodes into racial violence. Whats interesting about the film is that the story really sets off a non-judgmental tone at its core even though the ideologies from each race vary in one way or another (this being the point of conflict in the narrative) but the sense of community and the ‘cant we all just get along’ aspect of the story’s theme leave the viewer perplexed at the overall agenda of the story’s message. Dont get me wrong, in my opinion, the film is a masterpiece, but the ‘anxiety’ device leaves a confusing message. At any rate the impact the film had with audiences and in general definitely challenged different perspectives and left behind a thought provoking movie.