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  •  The American media... (12+ / 0-)

    ...will never seriously attempt to understand Saddam or his fate, or present the perspective of Iraqis, be they Saddam's victims or his supporters. There is something deeply unhealthy about America in 2006 and its focus on crime shows, law and order, and televised punishment.  A few decades ago, at least we had Perry Mason, and public entertainment also at least paid lip service to due process.  Now there's dozens of shows all about tracking down and punishing criminals.

    It disturbs me that Saddam, his crimes and Iraq's complicated tragedy gets distilled down into a Nancy Grace crime spectacular, and that Bush benefits even a little bit from it.

    •  I believe the unhealthy thing you mention to be (2+ / 0-)
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      gogol, ivorybill

      a deep-seated cult of violence for its own sake - that manifest's itself so much in our foreign policy: little diplomacy and lots of bombing the shit out of the rest of the world.
      The glorification of violence as the "solution" to all problems is a characteristic of present-day American society and it effects all its strata - from kids going to school armed to the Presidency...

      we're shocked by a naked nipple, but not by naked aggression

      by Lepanto on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 01:20:36 PM PST

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    •  the pornography of primal emotions.... (2+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, ivorybill

      The shift from trial-oriented crime shows to "action"-oriented programs is part of a larger trend: the exploitation of primal emotions.

      As the television is primarily a portrait camera rather than a landscape camera, close-ups of faces distorted with uncontrollable emotion are especially popular, particularly when accompanied by voices that are out of control.  

      For example few things are as likely to make headlines in local news as live footage of people sobbing, preferably up close and personal.  

      "Daughter dies, father cries, all the boo-hoo-hoos at six!"  

      Frankly it's pornography.  

      •  It gives Porn a bad name (2+ / 0-)
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        G2geek, ivorybill

        It's the worst kind of porn.

        "It's the planet, stupid."

        by FishOutofWater on Fri Dec 29, 2006 at 06:43:11 PM PST

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        •  exactly: exploiting grief & pain (1+ / 0-)
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          It used to be said that one of the objections to erotic porn was that it was exploitative.  Yet clearly, people who choose to be photographed or filmed whilst doing the proverbial deed, are consenting adults.

          Sticking a camera in the face of a dad who's daughter has just been run over by a car, is not that.  It's taking advantage of someone in a moment when they are not fully in control of their actions.  It's exploitation of the worst kind, and the counterpoint that "they agreed to be filmed" does not apply (as per previous sentence, and as per cases where a person has no choice).  

          I've never had a taste for erotic porn (frankly I find it boring; a tastefully written passage without explicit details is far more engaging) but I downright detest the pornography of grief & pain.  I'd sooner have my wall plastered with the former than have to endure viewing the latter.  

    •  Well said. All of it (0+ / 0-)

      Thanks for the report.

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