Tuesday, December 13, 2005

'Tis The Season To Be Gruesome

Gruesome's a good word. It's a strong word, meaning "shockingly repellent; inspiring horror."

It's the first word that popped into my head when I saw the "front page" of CNN this morning.

From CNN:

"Warden: Williams 'Frustrated' Execution Didn't Go Quickly"

Stanley Tookie Williams, the co-founder of the Crips gang who became an anti-gang crusader while on death row, was executed by lethal injection today. The warden at San Quentin said Williams seemed annoyed it took awhile to get a needle into his left arm. "He did seemed frustrated that it didn't go as quickly as he thought it might," said warden Steven Ornoski.

The death penalty, as philosophical/moral/ethical debate topic, is worth reporting on.

I do, however, tend to question the motivation of news outlets that post video of witnesses describing the execution. That's supremely creepy stuff, gruesome stuff, if you will, and too close to The Running Man territory for my taste.

1 Comments:

At 10:58 AM, Blogger Scott Roche said...

I'm against the death penalty, not so much because I don't think certain people have lost the "right" to live (extreme cases like Manson apply here, Charles or Marilyn), but because as a general rule it doesn't serve the purpose that it seemingly sets out to. It's also too expensive and there's too great a possibility of executing an innocent person.

Also news like this is indeed very indicative of the way our culture is going, ie extreme voyeurism.

 

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