These different media approaches are two sides of the same coin in asymmetrical warfare. Both offer footage of human deaths. And yet one seems far more palatable or, at least, permissible than the other. “Many western cultures have a predisposition to viewing acts of violence committed through particular forms of advanced technology,” says Grayson. “They are seen as being more precise, humane and therefore civilised, particularly when applied against ‘bad people’.” Beheadings, by contrast, are seen as an act of violence that has become a marker for savagery and barbarism. “There is another layer of politics operating here regarding what audiences perceive as legitimate targets for violence, legitimate commissioners of violence, and the legitimacy of specific methods.”
The lines between reality, fact, fiction, truth and fakery are ever blurred. If it’s impossible to distinguish veracity and verite then anything can happen right before our eyes. ANYTHING. The credulous will absorb. Good vs bad, black vs white, them and us. It’s all a movie, maaan.
‘You know the place where nothing is real
Well here’s another place you can go
Where everything flows
Looking through the bent backed tulips
To see how the other half live
Looking through a glass onion’