Wednesday, April 19, 2006

MLM: Kalifornia. 

We want to understand evil. Conceptualizing it, fetishizing it, marking its comings and goings like a dutiful birdwatcher. Serial killer fiction is distinguishable mostly for the quirks and fetishes of its antagonists, and the procedures for analyzing and hunting them down are ritualized.

Why? The easy answer is that if we can get a shape and a pattern out of it, we can evade, diminish, or otherwise control it. Patterns are comforting. If this or that person was sexually abused as a child, there’s a high chance the abused will turn around and, in their adulthood, become the abuser. Kids exposed to countless acts of violence in video games or movies are feared to be desensitized to the point of sociopathy.


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