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Antique Impressions: Specimens

Specimens MT

 

Step this way –

All will be revealed 

In the corners –

Between the shadows.

Just step this way,

Watch your step.

Enter through this glass door.

Hold very still –

While we adjust the Cabinet door.

The show will commence shortly.

Enjoy your stay.

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4 responses

  1. This certainly get the curiosity aroused. Although, it also makes me want to hesitate before I “step this way”.

    May 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    • elmediat

      I watched the first episode of “Penny Dreadful”. 😀 It all came together with the cabinet reference suggesting a Victorian Cabinet of Curiosities and the movie “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” . The mind works in curious ways. 🙂

      May 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

      • I tried to watch it and then I just thought “I’ve had enough of this creepy stuff for awhile” and stopped watching. At some point I think we are crossing some lines with how extreme our viewing habits are getting. Don’t get me wrong I watch a lot of weird stuff. I’ve just started thinking how desensitized we are becoming and how this plays out with our kids etc. when we watch weekly shows that are always showing horrific stuff. Does that become the norm for them?

        May 15, 2014 at 9:10 am

      • elmediat

        True. I am of mixed thoughts on this when it comes to genre fiction. Really I prefer the terror to the horror. It is a matter of style and tone. We often confuse the two. The horror involves physicality of fear, while terror involves the psychological emotional anticipation connected to fear. The example I used with my students was soldiers in WWI. Before their first battle they could be terrified of what would be coming. After the battle they are horrified by what they experienced.
        More recent visual media emphasizes the the horror, older visual and the more literary/folk-tale narratives made more use of terror/dread. Visual horror, which is easier to convey, can desensitize an individual by over exposure.
        The thing about genre narratives is that we understand it is a constructed reality – the setting and characters are part of a realistic fantasy. Non-genre narratives , CSI, Bones, NCIS and Law and Order construct a reality that much more closely resembles the viewers’ reality. To my mind these narratives are more dangerous because the viewer accepts this reality as true & and an extension of their world. That is why violent crime can be dropping in Canada, but people’s personal experience, which encompasses the media, tells them that there are more incidence of violence and that society is becoming more violent. We know there are no vampires or zombies, but we accept the reality of nasty killers and government secret cabals. 🙂

        May 15, 2014 at 10:21 am

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