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The Appeal of Torture as Mass Entertainment

Should Others’ Suffering or Self-Inflicted Pain Be Watchable? Down the ages, man’s inhumanity to man has been made into spectacle for the amusement of others. It seems some can’t help it. Today, many self-torture themselves on TV. Savage, barbaric, public sports as entertainment are not new. The standard method of execution recorded in the Bible Old Testament was public stoning. The Romans were masters at such mass events in gladiatorial arenas, men against men, soldiers against slaves, men against wild animals, all till the death. They also invented the crucifixion, one of the most cruel ways to die. As medicine and the treatment of diseases improved through the centuries, it was commonplace for the public to go and watch operations. Indeed, the term still … Read entire article »

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