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The Therapy Sessions
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
 

Desensitization


Recently, many people have alleged that the network blackout of 9/11 films works to Kerry's advantage: It allows the nation to forget that day and listen to Kerry prattle on about outsourcing or some other nonsense.

Maybe, but after talking about this with a friend at work, I'm not so sure.

The films of the planes hitting the buildings, people jumping out windows and the screams of terror will make the TV again. The 9/11 anniversary is coming. And if that will not suffice, I'm fairly certain that Bush's campaign ads will not flinch from using the images (I don't think they will be intimidated by the Kerry's campaign's admonitions against doing so: the mere fact that Kerry is protesting is indication that his campaign knows that such images are a Bush slam dunk.)

When the images do show, their effect will be enhanced by the fact that most people haven't seen them in awhile.

Seeing them all them time would make people numb and desensitized.

They are a potent reminder of threats out there that cannot be ignored.


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