Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Are we too morbid?
I stay away from politics on my two sites (the other is about how to cope with the recession, http://hopeycopey.blogspot.com), but let’s just say I am a former Dem.
Now we are debating whether pix of a person shot in the face should be plastered everywhere.
Well, why not—we saw Saddam’s sons slabbed out. We saw Daniel Pearl’s head sawed off. We see pix of headless cartel victims. We see the heads. Autopsy photos are all over the net.
We see hollowed out murder victims (the canoe) on dramatic shows, CSI, Bones, NCIS, etc., every night. People chat over their organless cavities.
We see shots of crime scenes complete with pools of brown dried blood…on and on. We can even blast people to bits—Grand Theft Auto, Tour of Duty.
I read crime books. I was a crime survivor. I have had a loaded gun against my head. Is all this to ward off the horror, to decondition ourselves…but can this have a dark side, this deconditioning? Can we be hardened, ghoulish, soul-sick?