Media Violence: Excitement, Disgust, and Morality

This was inspired by Lorenzo‘s recent blog post on Sicario, which I highly recommend reading. The ideas presented here on “difficult questions” and moral ambiguity are indebted to it and his other writings.

Let’s begin with a couple of short video clips to bring to mind the object of this essay. Here is Steven Soderbergh describing a peculiar experience he had on a plane flight.

Here is Thae Yong-ho, First Secretary of the DPRK Embassy in the UK, comparing his children’s reaction to violence in Gaza shown on television to that of other people in the UK.

How to explain this?

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