Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Violence as Pornography

It occurs to me that relations are sometimes symmetric. Sometime after this post, while I was watching the film Crank, I realized that violence can be pornographic, and I don't mean in the sense of a strange fetish. Of course this has been said before, and may be nothing new to you. It was new to me, to really understand what was meant by the phrase. The stripping away of all meaning, of any spiritual dimension, from death and gore and reducing them to mere spectacles of animal behavior. There is no redemption, there is no Charity, there is only hatred and blackness. It is as if they are trying to undo the St. John's Gospel.

In other news, this is going to be a shitty day, hence why I'm posting reflections on sin when I should be reading header files. I need a break. And prayers, those are good, too.

Ab hoste maligno, defende me.

1 comment:

  1. +JMJ+

    I think one good development of the emergence of "porn" as an idiom, so that we now have everything from "Torture Porn" (as a genre, too!) to "Mommy porn" (pictures of Angelina Jolie and her children), is that it is helping us recognise anything can be stripped of spirit and sacramentality until our enjoyment of it is completely meaningless. "Mommy porn" is my favourite example: notice that it comes to us in an age when women are choosing to have children later in life and think that her six (or is it seven now?) are an astronomical number. We devour pictures of the Jolie-Pitt family while our own families languish.

    Now, Dauvit, would you please link to Shredded Cheddar instead of Sancta Sanctis on your sidebar!!! =P