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“Fascination of the abomination”

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August 29th, 2013 Posted 2:50 pm

I find it interesting  what Harold Schechter’s was saying in his Introduction to True Crime Anthology. He sheds light on to the line, that I never fully understand but I regularly think about, that what was written in “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad that says “fascination of the abomination”. It is like when we drive down the street and then we all slow down so we can see the car crash that just happened. (“Heart of Darkness”) Or how we watch these crime shows on tv but has anyone ever thought about how every crime on it is the worst case scenarios. Then how our own news only shows the horrible parts of our world because if they showed the things that were ‘not so bad’ than no one would watch due to the fact that people want to see the things that they would either never do but want to do (which I really hope no one want to do any of that) or they want to see how screwed up our world is and that is where our need or want to fill this “fascination of the abomination”.

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