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May 20, 2004

Not for Your Viewing Pleasure

The other day I was getting a cup of coffee from the breakroom, and I overheard one woman telling another that a group of them had just watched "the beheading video." (Presumably they'd huddled around someone's computer.)

Incredulous, the second woman asked "Why?" I wondered too.

This is not gawking at Paris Hilton (again - why?). You're watching someone die. Someone's cruel, brutal, savage murder. Somebody's son, somebody's brother, somebody's friend. And the family has to live with all these schmucks fools asshats assholes who want to ogle the death of their loved one. Nick Berg's death is reality. His death on video is not your reality tv.

Yours, &c., LC | 10:17 AM | Sundries | Comments (7)


I think for some people,the internet is equal to "no restrictions" in various aspects. In this case, it served the assassinators well, and those women had stepped into this "trap". Interesting though that they watched it as a group; as if the group couldn't act unethical.

But what was their answer to the question?

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at May 20, 2004 11:48 AM

The first woman didn't really have an answer. Just as they were talking another woman came in, someone from the group, and declared that she was feeling "sick."

I should hope so! I mean, WTF was she expecting?

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at May 20, 2004 11:57 AM

asshat's too kind a term for those jerks.

Posted by: z. at May 20, 2004 03:34 PM

As you can see, I've shown what other words I thought of. My current word choice is probably too harsh, but I can't think of something less vulgar but just as damning.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at May 20, 2004 04:26 PM

Someone came in our library yesterday and signed up to use the Internet JUST TO SEE "that Bergman kid video, from Iraq." No one else on staff seemed appalled that anyone would WANT to see it. I ran away from the guy as fast as I could.

"Asshole" works for me!

Posted by: Lora at May 20, 2004 05:12 PM

Nice. As librarians we're not supposed to appear judgmental, but in this instance, it sounds like this guy could have used a dose of public scorn.

Posted by: LadyCrumpet at May 21, 2004 11:54 AM

i have not seen the video and i won't watch it. just the thought of makes me almost cry.

Posted by: marco at May 22, 2004 10:58 PM