[Det er noe i kulturen som absorberer fare]
We find messages of death and danger almost everywhere. On the nightly news,
in the medical column, on the health channel, in the images of the homeless
and the AIDS-afflicted, in the junk mail, in the public service advisories,
in the supermarket tabloids and their cult worship of the celebrity dead. Itís
all mixed together, routinely braided into our lives -- murder, torture, superstition,
satire, grueling human ordeal. Information shades into rumors and mass fantasy,
which convert to topical entertainment. Our levels of perception begin to blend.
It isnít always easy to seperate disease from its mythology or violence from
its trivialization. Not that weíre necessarily eager to make distinctions. We
depend on an environment that softens and absorbs, that recives the impact of
dangerous things without recoil or echo. The message is processed, assimilated
and made into something else entirely. Idi Amin became a T-shirt. Racial hostality
is a frequent subtext of commercials for beer, soft drinks and running shoes.
In the 20-second sociodramas, danger appears in the form of angry-looking blacks,
who are then instantly reconstituted as happy Pepsi-drinkers. We try to obscure
threats and disruptions by tailoring them to a format of consumer appeal.
Sitatet er tatt fra essayet "Silhouette City: Hitler, Manson
and the Millenium.", trykket i Don DeLillo, White Noise. Text and Criticism