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  •  Nonsense. (0+ / 0-)

    If you don't want to read what I wrote, that's fine, but please don't rewrite it to angrily shout at something you authored yourself.

    I said that television's presentation was, because of the nature of the medium, an obscenity. I do not tell anyone to watch, not watch, or anything else. Television, because it is television, shows pictures of things not present. When there is narrative, humans accept story -- it's fiction. When, however, there is no narrative, no story, then they react, because we did not evolve with televisions or movies. We evolved with the need to react instantly to danger and rush to help our fellows.

    No one at any television station thought about this, but television could not help but create an emotional affront, an obscene gesture.

    Therefore, the presenters went on and did what their instincts told them to do: they imposed narrative. They put reality into the frame of story, because that is the only way that such pain can be handled.

    What I would say is a flat out lie is this idea of "what we learned in 9/11." Television-9/11 was inherently anti-heuristic. Real life 9/11 was not a lesson. Real 9/11 was suffering lived through. Narrative 9/11 was, because of its structure, preconfigured.

    Now, if you can't understand what I'm saying, then I'm sorry, but don't make something up for me.

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Wed Sep 07, 2011 at 07:51:46 AM PDT

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