Torture Chic: Why Is the Media Glorifying Inhumane, Sadistic Behavior? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Torture Chic: Why Is the Media Glorifying Inhumane, Sadistic Behavior?

When photographs of torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib appeared in 2004, Bush's approval ratings sank, yet torture themes multiplied in film and TV. From 2002 through 2005, the Parents Television Council counted 624 torture scenes in prime time, a six-fold increase. UCLA's Television Violence Monitoring Project reports "torture on TV shows is significantly higher than it was five years ago and the characters who torture have changed. It used to be that only villains on television tortured. Today, "good guy" and heroic American characters torture -- and this torture is depicted as necessary, effective and even patriotic".

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