Terrorism by Image

How come that movies such as Saw, Hostel and other Gore flicks are good entertainment, while a realization of true violence makes people sick. People attracted to real violence footage are considered as sick people by society in a comparable manner as pedophiles and snuffophiles.

I recently downloaded Faces of Death and Terrorists, Killers and Middle East Wacko's. I watched Faces of Death for about 10 minutes, scrolling through the footage and avoiding any real build-up of tension. Most of the footage on this movie is fake, says wikipedia, so it was doable. The Terrorist video however starts of with the violent removal of a victims legs by means of a saw. One skip through shows the execution of ten people by means of a gun and yet another skip features the stoning of a female victim.

So what do we do with images taboo as these? I have come to suspect that watching them is a personal choice of morality, buying them is the sick thing to do, spreading them, I don't know. First of all, this footage is real. It is not part of some commercial enterprise, it is serious death. Second of all, exposing inhumanity might be the best catalyst for actual humanism....or is it just sick and as the UK Censor who refused to distribute this shockumentary, obscene

So, any action done to spread violence through images, when real, is to be considered sick? And what about Freedom of Speech? Is Horror the final human taboo? If so, how hypocritical is it to wage war, torture and - make fiction movies on the same theme. If not, who cares and why the punishing society and internal sickness provoking organ?

I can not make up my mind, and I can not watch more of the downloaded footage...Quite a dilemma.


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