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24's torture scenes like an emotional toxin?

by Meredith O'Brien, posted Mar 23rd 2007 2:13PM

Morris O'Brian on 24Watching the torture scenes on 24 is the psychological equivalent of eating mercury-tainted fish, so says psychotherapist and author of a book called Democracy's Little Self-Help Book in a column on BuzzFlash.

Calling the viewing of torture scenes akin to watching a sadistic peep show, Peter Michaelson said he thinks 24's viewers are "absorbing emotional toxins." "America hasn't embraced torture as a device, literary or otherwise, but we're sure flirting with it," Michaelson wrote.

Maybe he should team up with the angry letter writer to the Aspen Daily News who wants like-minded Americans to boycott 24. They'd better hope that Mike "The Brawler" Doyle doesn't read blogs or newspapers.

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