Daily Archives: 17 December 2012

Sanitizing the Gore for Our … Protection?

We have slowly inured ourselves to unspeakable horror. And now it goes down as smooth as that latté frappuccino  on the morning commute.


It started out as a reasonable thing — as all such things do. But something happened along the way and we fell prey to that most devastating and commonplace seductions of the creative mind (other, perhaps, than the penchant for having invisible friends): the need to create the reality we like, rather than liking the reality we see.

And, with television, we create an ever more seductive simulation of reality, neatly shorn of gore and grit, predators bloodlessly taking prey, murder scenes of white and flashing lights, nary a drop of blood to be seen. We are willing to fall prey to the seduction that we are in the back streets of a town being shelled in Syria, but we are sanitized from the sickening sweet smell of death, of the flies buzzing in our faces, the heat, the lack of what we could call drinkable water and the deprivation of all resources, from diapers to fast food.

And in falling to that seduction of the spirit, we have forgotten what death looks like, and it doesn’t touch us in our video domain. Make no mistake: death is the only inevitability.

Pro-gun Sen. Joe Manchin: Time to act
Kevin Robillard / Politico

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who has an “A” rating from the NRA and is a lifetime member of the pro-gun rights group — said Monday that it was time to “move beyond rhetoric” on gun control.  —  “I just came with my family from deer hunting,” Manchin said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” ….

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