90s Drama Response Paper 3

90s Drama Response - Jacob Coppola Response Paper 3 American Drama in the 1990s A crisis is most easily endured when its effects are observed

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Jacob Coppola 2/15/10 Response Paper 3 American Drama in the 1990s A crisis is most easily endured when its effects are observed rather than directly felt. There is something oddly, if not disturbingly, satisfying about watching another person be subjected to a series of misfortunes, especially when he is a distinguished figure. The spectators of a developing controversy – such as Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky or, more recently, the murder trials of acclaimed music producer Phil Spector – have little reason to sympathize with the implicated parties. Instead they find comfort in the realization that their distance from the situation renders them impervious to the pain and shame that the victims are certainly experiencing. Indeed, perhaps the most mystifying quality of human beings is that, upon witnessing such suffering, their emotional responses are often either general indifference or shameless schadenfreude. These public embarrassments are regarded as a kind of divine intervention, for they
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2010 for the course ENG W2018 taught by Professor Niccolas during the Spring '10 term at Columbia.

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90s Drama Response - Jacob Coppola Response Paper 3 American Drama in the 1990s A crisis is most easily endured when its effects are observed

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