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Sheets 1Keala SheetsProf. MeehanENG 10018 October 2018American IndifferenceDeath, illness, or harm to humankind is a natural, generationally evolved fear that most people share. Symbols of disease and decay, such as pale skin, rotting teeth, and protruding skeletons, make up classic horror films to induce this terror into the hearts of men. Unique to America’s culture, its citizens seem to have abandoned this organic instinct.The threat of death is met with an emotionless brick wall as the average American is berated with strobe lights of gruesome images on a daily basis. Studying this strange phenomenon in reference to shootings, Charles Figley presents the idea that, “people adapt, they adjust, they try to look on the bright side. There are two primary methods of dealing with a traumatic event: to respond, or to put it out of your mind. That’s what’s happening now. We’re still shocked, but we watch the people in the communities where [shootings have] happened, and we see their shock, their unpreparedness.We think, ‘There is nothing they could have done.’ The more frequently this happens, the more itreminds people there’s nothing they can do, so they put it out of their minds.” The traditional reactions of wide-eyed disbelief and horror have gradually drooped into a hazy indifference. With constant commercialization of human suffering, the reality of their pain is made into a kind of fantasy—solely for entertainment, unalarming, and not a part of this world.Through Dan Gilroy’s production, Nightcrawler, Louis Bloom exploits this tragic lifestyle. With KWLA as his weapon of mass destruction, the blatantly sociopathic figure
Sheets 2distributes grotesque content to thousands without consequence. In fact, he receives nothing but support. Gaining popularity, Lou is able to complete his demented achievements of an abusive relationship and fame stained by sin. Desensitized to the feelings of those subscribed to his channel and those who find their portraits stretched across it, he has become the perfect prophet, preaching that violence should be given little regard, and death is as regular as grocery shopping.His audience receives the religion with open arms, and fuels further devaluation of their fellow man by tuning in to his newest and most macabre visual journey of how low humanity can sink. Using flesh as a commodity for entertainment, Lou continuously lowers the standard of human compassion until it is proven obsolete. In a similar fashion, advancements in technology allow the exposure of crime to wear down the morality of American people. While we point our fingersat Louis for his insanity, many ignore the fact that he was created in our likeness.

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