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Torture Fantasies: Left and Right on “24”

In Media and Politics on March 27, 2010 at 10:38 am

Well that exciting Fox show “24” is finally winding down. Am I right that we have had nine seasons of the show? This will be even worse than my Trekkie admission, but I have never seen a single episode. I have seen it advertised dozens of times, but it just never appealed to me. I suppose this draws on the same motivational sources that placed me in a Conflict Resolution program, even though I am not really averse to the action adventure genre. It can’t be the violence that turns me off. I suppose I always felt that the show was a kind of subtle ideological force that glamorized tough tactics. That is a bit of an understatement from what I now know of the show. The felicitous timing of the opening in late 2001 just fits the gestalt.

I have read a bit about fan reactions to the cancelation and what stood out to me came from the NY Times article. The shows lead actor Kiefer Sutherland gives an interview on the show and its lack of slant that should be really shocking. He says:

One of the things that I was always so unbelievably proud of our show is that you could have it being discussed by former President Bill Clinton and Rush Limbaugh at the same time, both using it and citing it to justify their points of view…That, to me, was incredibly balanced.

So, why is this shocking? Read the rest of this entry »