Wednesday, March 3

So my roommates are in the other room watching a film about Liam Neeson running around hurting people amidst a lot of yelling because his daughter has been stolen.

I have some thoughts about this.

a) We on the left frequently express the conviction that torture is evil.

b) They on the right frequently express the conviction that torture is a justifiable and desirable thing for governments and government-sponsored individuals to do to people, and that anyway torture isn't really torture.

c) Hollywood, or perhaps more correctly the film industry, is generally understood in America to be situated somewhere on the cultural and political left. Particularly by those on the cultural and political right, who devote much fevered invective and many column inches to the idea of a systemic media bias.

d) The only group of people I can think of who devote more public energy to depicting torture as a viable and righteous activity than right-wing ideologues are the people who make mass-market movies.