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Islamic State gore-fest appeals to voyeuristic streak in society

February 5, 2015
The Conversation
Bill Bill Durodié
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The latest atrocity committed by Islamic State – the burning to death of a captured Jordanian pilot – has dutifully been relayed to us in gory detail, with part of the media coming across as little more than a PR wing of the terrorists.

While many outlets seemed to have bowed to concerns about giving IS the oxygen of publicity and toned down their coverage of beheadings, for some that went out the window as soon as a new angle came along.

Some will focus on Fox News’s decision to screen these horrors. But others, such as Piers Morgan in the Daily Mail, have invited their readers to watch and imagine what it must have been like to be there.

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