A Better Name for Gore Porn
Hey, its not that I want to see them!
Or think they should be released!
But hearing the official excuse for why the pictures of Osama Bin Laden shouldn’t be released (”They’re too grim for the American Public!”) made me mutter my favorite double positive: “Yeah RIGHT!”.
I don’t watch much TV but over the past few weeks I have been checking out the free over-the-air offerings, and they’re pretty grim!.
No, I’m not referring to the production values, they’re very slickly produced, but man can they turn your stomach if you haven’t already eaten! I don’t recall where I saw it but somebody had compiled a list of one evenings mutilations, granted they included cable channels, but it read like a police blotter of horrible things you can do to a human body. Beheadings, mutilations, severed arms and limbs, corpses fricaseed like chicken, and split open like a lobster…. well you get the picture without me having to spell it out.
Now I’m not recommending censorship, or Government Mandates, or anything like that, but surely as the model for what the Free World wants to do with their Freedom, turning grim autopsies into prime-time entertainment fodder ought to make us question our motives if not our collective sanity.
Or is that the Plan? The world is such a violent place, this is the best way to dull our senses to it. If we can get through an evenings anatomy revelations without flinching, we ought to be able to stomach just about anything they throw at us!
And talk about boot camp for criminals? Watch a few minutes of CSI Big City or any of the “crime-lab” cliffhangers and any half-wit criminal-wannabe can get a dozen fairly workable ideas about how to pull off a crime. After all, the local cops can’t be near as smart as the ones on TV! (Or so the thinking might go.)
We’re apparently addicted to Gore Porn. Why not admit it and call it what it is? We hate it but we can’t stop watching it. And the advertisers love having our eyeballs stuck to it.
Well, I can’t do anything about it.
But in my old age I have learned I can have an opinion about it.
Do I sound like Andy Rooney yet? (Yikes!)