On those rare occasions when I cruise the MSM out here, I am always mildly amazed at the fact that they are ALL eager to tell you about the "mom" that ate her baby from a dumpster, or some such. What wouldn't even pass as a decent thing to print in this mom's local community newspaper is supposed to...and often does enrage an enormous readership, or "viewing" audience. Just as if it is anyone's business but the mom, the baby, their extended family or local law enforcement. I even had a friend at work detail such a story practically verbatim to me once. I watched his eyes as he related the sordid tale just as he had heard it on "tv". There was an empty-animal look there. And I honestly do not know what in his brain could produce such a countenance that frightened me more than his narrative.
I asked him why he was telling me this...and his answer was that it was "news". "I don't see how this disgusting little tidbit is of any concern to me....or in fact real news", I replied. He was dumbfounded by my lack of interest and moved on to someone else to enthrall by what he had heard on his talmudvision. Perhaps to garner the reaction he was seeking. A likened fascination with such a sordid story. Perhaps. Or maybe he just enjoyed describing the account of inhuman activity. I dunno. But the power of this scares me.
I was recently watching a symposium on how to act Shakespeare. It was amazing to me that even in my advanced stage in life, I have to admit that I learned a lot from it. Well, perhaps not learned, but reconsidered many things. It caused me to ponder.
In it, an actor was attempting to explain the dichotomy of how, by modern acting methods being heavily influenced by the film medium, an actor today is to treat an Elizabethan era play.
In his explanation of the difference between how these plays were accepted then versus now, he reminded us that in Shakespeare's England, few were literate. So being, the "audience"(meaning listening observers) of his time experienced these staged plays very differently than we "viewers". A very interesting distinction. He went on to say that we are now trained more to view a story put before us than to listen to it. And we have been trained by the close-up of the movie and television lens to react more to facial emotion than lines spoken. And so, an effective modern production of Shakespeare, and indeed its actors must MAKE an audience here the poetry and intent of his characters.
That hit home with me. The disconnect. And the connect.
How does this relate to filthy inhuman acts,(which even happened in the times of the Bard) now being peddled as news?
Along with being the greatest poet and playwright of all time, Shakespeare was also an innovator. He brought the stories of Kings to the common people. He demanded of his actors to do so naturally.