Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Unethical treatment of the Dead.

I don't know how many people have yet heard about the controversy building in the blogsphere at the moment. A certain company has been giving membership to its ponography site to US soldiers in the middle east, in exchange for pictures of dead Iraqis and Afghanis that the soldiers have collected. I summarised what I could find out and tried to include the important links in a post on my blog here.

(Martin of course would have known about this months ago, because Martin knows all and sees all!)

My personal response to this is probably best expressed on my own blog. I am very interested to know what other people make of all this. If the reports are accurate characterisations of what has been happening, is there any way that the gore-for-porn swap is remotely ethical? Are the rationalisations for this even remotely valid? Should we not expect ethical behavior from certain professions? Is this even legal? And not least, what would Foucault say about this?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not sure of the details - I'll check - but I believe that there is a clause in the Geneva Conventions regarding desecration of the dead, underwhich photography falls.