Re: RARA-AVIS: The objection to Stansberry's "The Confession"

Date: 06 May 2005

Dave wrote:

"During the hearing, William Gaines was shown the cover of one of comics showing a severed head being held by the hair. . . ."

I love that story, too. Reading the transcripts makes it very evident that the hearings (as are most congressional hearings) were just held to bring out evidence to support politicians' already established opinions.

"Of course, all this is fairly tame compared to Sin City."

Which shows just how relative, and time sensitive, shock value is. One generation's transgressive culture gains retroactive respectability as it becomes the standard against which the next generation's culture is judged excessive. And, of course, each generation must offer an escalating shock value if it wishes to distinguish itself from its forebears.


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