The Culture Of America By Mark Seltzer

1578 WordsMay 30, 20167 Pages
In today’s society, Americans have been given choices. Choices to do and say what they want. Although given these choices, Americans would rather designate themselves to take a role as a spectator rather than being directly involved in a threatening situation. But why does one want to witness such an image to begin with? This form of fascination can be attributed to the publicizing of violent crimes by many outlets of media such as newspapers, televisions, and other sources readily available to the public. The convening of the public around violent scenes has come to make up what author Mark Seltzer characterizes as a “wound culture,” which he outlines as “the public fascination with torn and open bodies and torn and opened persons, a collective gathering around shock, trauma, and the wound” (1). Given the enormous volume of crime stories and scenes in today’s media, it is confident to say that the public has become fascinated. The culture of America is drawn to trauma, which is a Greek word for wound. (“Trauma”) In the turning of the twentieth century, the superstar of the wound culture emerged: the serial killer. The fascination with this new founded celebrity haunts and excites the community. These famous killers are intriguing and raise complex questions of why people do what they do. Therefore, serial killers are molded by family experiences, the oedipal complex, and the fear of abandonment. The early stage of life, the childhood years, is the most important stage of a
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