Oklahoma's being sued by the ACLU and newspapers because the state restricted the press's access to what was happening during Claton Lockett's botched execution:
People sometimes forget that while the press is often accused of being lurid and prurient, they do actually serve a civic function. (Or really, the Press is an overly broad category, and there are good investigative journalists whom people throw under the bus because CNN is terrible)
The US executes about 40x people per year (with a brief higher spike in the late '90s and early '00s); in the 1980s it was maybe 15 to 20 per year.
Texas accounts for not quite half of that.
So remind me again how your statement is meaningful among a population of 317+ million in which the radical majority of Americans live in states that either have abolished executions or execute people very rarely.
How is that some kind of large scale desensitized system of execution? Where are the thousands of annual executions that would take place in such an actual case of desensitization?
One wonders, if there was better coverage of drone strikes and police brutality and everything else, if the American public might lose taste for their current regime.
With drone strikes, the harm only happens to the other guy (and yes, civilians can be "other guys"), and currently the other guy is pretty widely reviled in the US. There is already widespread guncam footage of drone strikes, as well as helicopter rocket attacks, gunship strafing, and bombing runs which give you pretty much the best seat in the house to view them. The aftermath can frequently be seen in mainstream news sources. I think the American public likes drone strikes just as much as "the current regime" and more videos won't really change that.
And excuse my awkward historical observation: USA has had no trouble bombing the crap out of a non-white populations. Its only when some of that killing comes near home that it becomes an issue for debate. I dont think it would be drastically different this time.
Just the other day I was in a cab, the driver was American. He suggested one should carve up a nuke in the shape of Iran and Iraq and then set it off there, end of problem. Of course this is an extreme position and just an anecdote, but just that its not as fringe a belief as I think it should be. Such a view enjoys more sympathy than it should.
This is obviously well-known to the military, having learned from their abject failure to control reporters during Vietnam. And is why reporters are now "embedded" within the military rather than be allowed to roam free (the spin for that, of course, being "safety").
Everyone "is dead or will be dead", photographed or otherwise. Presumably it requires a professional philosopher to imagine that there is about this fact something extraordinary, or that there is about its recognition something other than a necessary stage in the transition between infancy and adulthood.
Not really. It's also not like looking at a photograph.
One of the purposes of philosophy is to deeply reflect on things that most people take for granted. Sometimes this leads to the observation that the "ordinary" is actually rather strange.
Heck, I'm not a professional philosopher by any stretch, though. Just someone who putters with stuff.
"I plan to live forever. So far so good!" (Note: statement may need TimeStamp to remain consistent)
You really talk to strangers like that?
>I'm just trying to point out the conflation of imagination and reality that's cheerfully running rampant both here and in the article which spawned this discussion.
I don't understand what you're trying to point out, or why you think it's interesting. The article is about how reality is brought into imagination via imagery; about the distinction you seem to think everyone but you is confused about.
Without imagery, you're free to imagine executions however you would prefer. With imagery, your imagination is restricted to conform with what you've seen, narrowing the range of possible rationalizations for inaction or support.
Err, what? Kafka died in 1924, 15 years before Weidmann's execution. He also never worked for Paris-Soir or any other newspaper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4NRJoCNHIs (John Oliver / Last Week Tonight, on drones)