Since I don’t watch TV, I guess maybe I’m too easily shocked when I find out what kinds of crap people are watching. A recent New Yorker article about Fox’s 24 raises some very frightening questions about the psyche of the large segment of our population that devours this garbage.
24, for those as uninformed as I was, is a show about a fictitious counterterrorism unit, in which the “good guys” frequently use torture on the “bad guys”. Apparently the idea that good guys don’t torture people is no longer in vogue. And of course, since this is TV, the good guys always win. Torture works. It’s a great way to extract information from a terrorist when you have a “ticking time bomb” scenario.