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Strange, though not really, to see the headoffice of Democratic Enlightenment Inc, the exporters of Law and Order, right, smearing the screens with an unbagged corpse. Public execution at a distance.

Remember the break described by Foucault in Discipline and Punish? Drawing and quartering in the central square gives way to the panopticon, training, the internalization that characterizes efficient modernity. Extrinsic control of the body gives way to intrinsic organization of the mind.

We oscillate dizzily now between Disappearing, the open cells of Guantanamo, our vigilant awareness of Total Information Awareness, and the CNN version of the public execution, the dismemberment of the body by the blood-hungry crowd of not citizens but subjects.

The question, of course, is why? Why slide back out of the lubricating sheen of the sunglassed replicants of the Matrix, the sanitary and unfilmed cruise missile strikes of the Clinton administration, and the protean untouchability of the rising tide which will, very soon, lift all boats?

Of course I’m sure there are practical reasons for dragging the corpse around the briefing room. But, underneath the immediately practical, is there not a supplementary message, one aimed both higher and lower than at the restless Iraqi youth looking for trouble and the voting annex of the brains of the US electorate? Are they trying to tell us something else, via this anachronistic leap into pre-modernity?

Did you notice the frame? Who do you think framed it? Why?

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June 8, 2006 at 11:47 am

Posted in aesthetics, teevee, war

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