Tuesday, January 03, 2006



There's always some risk in using psychiatric analogies in political and other social sciences, but sometimes they can be useful for metaphoric purposes. One example of this is the catatonic state of the patients in the 1990 movie Awakenings where their encephalitis-induced frame of mind can be temporarily jarred loose through the use of psychoactive drugs, but cannot be reversed. One wonders just how much of the cortizone damage from the media-engineered application of hyperarousal around fear and insecurity and rage and frustration over the last five years can be undone, if any.


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