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The Video Is Graphic.. I Get It...

Sometimes if it says “extremely graphic video”… I’ll admit that I have to take a look.  So I’m not complaining that there are gruesome scenes showing the capture and death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi....  I’m the one who clicked on it, but I didn’t enjoy it.  Times have certainly changed.  Scenes that were unattainable a few years ago are now everywhere on internet sites and blogs from around the world.  I can imagine that there are plenty of newsrooms conflicted over whether to air some of this stuff.  The inevitable technology has brought us a close up view of some exhilarating things… and some awful things.  I’m fine with a prime time network show refusing to air lurid video.  But I believe that anyone over the age of 5 will see it, if he or she wants to.  Gadhafi was a criminal… we get it.  And we seem to have more tolerance for a violent demise, as long as he’s “a bad guy.”  But the uncontrolled frenzy, the mob mentality of those who surrounded him in his last moments… gave me the chills. Brq photo

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10/24/2011 9:14AM
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