Do theatre and films merely reflect changes in society or do they change society, forcing society to push past its limits?

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The Wilson book states “…art frequently challenges society and is sometimes on the leading edge of history, appearing to forecast the future. More often than not, however, such art simply recognizes what is already present in society but has not yet surfaced.” (page 30) What is your opinion of this statement. Do theatre and films merely reflect changes in society or do they change society, forcing society to push past its limits? Be sure to use examples from film, television and plays to support your opinion.

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