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5.0 out of 5 stars Sontag's perspective, 26 Dec 2011
This review is from: Regarding the Pain of Others (Paperback)
Always a well-informed, interesting and thought-provoking writer, in this short book (only 110 A5 pages) she examines a phenomenon which has been a feature of human life for millennia but she looks specifically at a modern issue - viewing the suffering of others as seen on the screen, the way we view the media and the effects of its depiction of human suffering on readers and viewers. However, although she discusses imagery closely, the book is unillustrated and some readers may find that off-putting.)

Xena's review is lengthy and one with which I generally agree so there is no need for repetition. Suffice to say it is an extremely pertinent book in these days when bad news is good news for the mass media and, increasingly, we are faced with "news" nightly from all parts of the world, much of which involves needless suffering; it raises many questions about what should be considered news, how we steel ourselves against it or react in other ways which, from some perspectives, may appear inhuman. A fascinating (brief) examination and criticism of an increasingly important feature of modern life.
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Initial post: 7 Oct 2012 09:29:37 BDT
After a frenzied outburst of activity last year, culminating in this Boxing Day posting, ISeneca has fallen strangely silent.
We trust he did not follow his honourable namesake and hope to see him back.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Oct 2012 20:53:14 BDT
RR Waller says:
Thank you for your concern. I am pleased to announce news of my demise has been wildly exaggerated and ISeneca (the Elder) is alive, well and reading, writing and listening as much but for different purposes.
What a great innovation Amazon reviews are and how committed and dependable are most of the reviewers.
Having benefited from other's reviews, the frenzied burst of activity was to give something back in kind; after one thousand, one hundred and eleven, it seemed a good time to ease back; at the same time, another demanding responsibility grew, requiring research and reading of different kinds.
However, at some time in the future, I may wield the pen again and, strangely enough, recently, it was another Susan Sontag which tempted me, (a book and film on Shakespeare, a Simon Schama and ...)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 13:50:51 BDT
1111, eh? Mind you, I post on am.com too, and it does kind of take over..
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