Friday, January 05, 2007

Spectator Sport or Voyeurism?

I watched the Saddam execution video yesterday on YouTube. Then I had a shower.

Other than my utter moral repugnance toward capital punishment, the fact that the execution was on the internet and people were discussing it as if it were just another home movie crossed the line from mishandled justice to rank voyeurism.

And I stand as guilty as anyone. No one forced me to click on it. No one glued me to a chair and forced my eyelids open a la Clockwork Orange.

It was my morbid fascination with death.

But given the fact that most people I know have seen the video, I know I’m not alone.

Death is now a spectator sport.


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