|Public humiliation was once a form of punishment. Today it's a form of entertainment.|
Like most of America, I laugh at these folks and their ignorance. Then I feel, well, ashamed of myself.
Private humiliation has become public entertainment. We strip people of their dignity and then air the result to the masses. Below is a column I published in the local paper in 2004, when Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 came out. I agree with Moore's politics; I hate his movies. They represent a sad trend in American culture. It's a trend that's only gotten worse since 2004. (Judge Judy and Dr. Phil, anyone?)
|Filmmaker Michael Moore has become famous for subjecting people to public shame.|
|"Queen for a Day": An early example of humiliation-as-entertainment.|
|Paul Wolfowitz doing what seems to count for entertainment in the U.S. today.|
|One of a series of Abu Ghraib paintings by Fernando Botera.|