Porn Gore vs Sex Porn




ed’s comment on ‘The Collector’ at Lovefilm:

“The point of rubbish such as this is to give you a reflexive and emotional workout in the negative sense of the term. That is the conclusion of such rubbish, so don't seek a conclusion when watching it. The good thing about it is that it can help to desensitise you to violence to the point that what the u.s. does in other states is going to be nothing compared to this...which makes the latter more alright than otherwise.”

I call it ‘increasing your cringe-worthy threshold’. In other words, training you to only feel squeamish in the face of greater and gorier violence. Then, a simple shot in the head is not really going to get much of a response from you. Then, wars, well, it isn’t too bad since people are simply getting shot or blown up as opposed to being ‘creatively’ tortured in sick films such as the ‘Saw franchise’, ‘The Collector’, the ‘Hostel’ series, and other lesser gorier films such as those ‘slasher’ movies out there. And if a simple shot in the head or being blown up is bad, it is only bad if it happens to us, and not really bad when we do it to others.

Sex Porn

The essence of traditional porn, or Sex Porn to be precise, is the reduction of human beings to nothing more than their sexual functions. That shouldn’t pose a problem so long if it is complemented with other experiences and films that similarly ‘reduce’ human beings to nothing more than their intellectual, creative, and humane functions respectively. When taken together with these other ‘nutrients’, sex porn becomes an appreciation of one of the aspects of our personas. In itself, sex porn doesn’t conflict with other aspects of our human personalities, just as having sex with a person and having an empathetic chat after poses no conflict. So long as the sex is consensual, it doesn’t conflict with, as stated, an empathetic chat, or caring and concern, these can be seen as complementary activities.

The evil of Sex Porn lies in fixation with it at the expense of our other potentials. That is when we see every wo/men as a sex object and nothing more. However, as mentioned, if this is complemented with other experiences such as the aforementioned, than it should be alright in a sense that to enjoy a sex porn movie is to exercise the sexual aspect of our persona, as does enjoying a painting at the National Gallery exercise the aesthetic aspect of our persona.

Porn Gore

But this is not the case with Porn Gore films. Such films are in direct conflict with our other potentials. It is destructive. Nothing more. It reduces human beings to their ‘value’ as victims for creative slaughter for ‘our viewing pleasure’ and the profit of the ‘stars’ and the film industry. You could say that these are legal ‘snuff films’. And I have to say that the n.Americans are really excelling at coming up with extremely creative ways of slaughtering human beings in these films. And it is certainly worrying that such films can be lauded as ‘works of genius’, and become ‘blockbusters’.

in what are we ‘feeling more’? ‘Feeling more’ whilst watching Gandhi, or Malcolm X compared to ‘feeling more’ whilst watching Saw 1-4, practices us in feeling in completely contradictory arenas. The former exercise our empathetic instinct, whilst the latter desensitises it.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to ‘feel more’, and thus accessing films and experiences that enable us to do so. But in what are we ‘feeling more’? ‘Feeling more’ whilst watching Gandhi, or Malcolm X compared to ‘feeling more’ whilst watching Saw 1-4, practices us in feeling in completely contradictory arenas. The former exercise our empathetic instinct, whilst the latter desensitises it. That cannot be said of regular sex porn which focuses us on one of different complementary human values. But when it comes to Porn Gore, it is not dissimilar to raping a person, and then attempting to have a friendly chat with them as you’re zipping up. In that, empathy is undone. That is more true of Porn Gore than Sex Porn.

And, as importantly, i have to wonder how this compromises our empathetic instinct - that is already severely compromised by mutual alienation, apathy, opportunism, and competition, engendered by the capitalist system. If we are extremely squeamish about a simple shot in the head in a movie, how much more would we baulk at the wars that go on. And if we can take Porn Gore without a problem, and actually enjoy the sight of human beings having their rib-cages ripped out, or being melted with steam, etc, how much are we going to be desensitised to exploiting the people around us, or doing that with friends without realising it.

We have to appreciate the value of what i would term, ‘generic manipulation‘. That is, our how generic sensitivities, such as empathy, is manipulated. The generic level is where our overarching perspectives are manipulated, and then go on to determine how we feel, think, or behave in specific areas. How do Porn Gore films determine how much empathy we feel in various circumstances. How does it determine the amount of empathy we show in our daily lives. From as small a thing as listening to another empathetically, adapting to people, considering other perspectives, to our being willing to go to war against others for inflicting a small portion of the violence that we have inflicted on them. Or even how a simple volley of shots fired in a war doesn’t seem so bad after we have turned a Porn Gore movie into a blockbuster.

Sum

But all of this is to be expected. Human society wasn't naturally supposed to 'progress' to the production of such films, nor the kinds of minds that do enjoy it. Rather, it is a natural progression given an overarching milieu of mutual use, abuse, and exploitation. It is only logical that within such a state of affairs, that people naturally progress to enjoying watching people getting torn apart in creative ways, which in turn indicates the mephistophelean turn of creativity in general.

When we have given up on creatively addressing the root evils of 'modern' society and the socio-economic status quo, we will 'progress' to channeling such creativity toward putting up with it, and then later, expressing the personalities that we become within such an environment. These expressions, via as Porn Gore, amongst a host of others, are the final stages of our underdevelopment and maturation within the current version of 'civilisation'. In in its extremity is indicated the true nature of the heart and soul of the foundations of this civilisation. As i've stated before, the greatest of evils are generally nothing more than more blatant manifestations of what is commonly accepted in less blatant forms, or will be practiced in less blatant forms via the evolution of the children of today. They have a symbiotic relationship that will feed and feast on each other, and make those who bemoan its more blatant consequences as its abettors.


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