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
I have some thoughts about this.
a) We on the left frequently express the conviction that torture is
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
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.