i am here, not there

An analysis on the consumption of violent images, from a western media perspective. With main references including Sontag and Debord, what started out as a look at Goya’s The Disasters of War became a project that tries to explore how does the perception and fascination with violence works in western modern society. Why do we keep watching the same footage again and again? And why do we feel like we can relate or feel empathy with something we have no perception of and can “turn it off” when we please? The world is not in fact a global village, but something much more separated and hieratic, like Žižek puts it in Welcome to the Desert of the Real!: “the distance which separates Us from Them, from their reality, is maintained: the real horror happens there, not here?”.