7.27.2006

Is Listening to Britney Spears Torture?

BTW - Econo-Girl loves Britney Spears, so this is not slam on you, girl. And a great web site you got.

Let's take a look at one definition:

torture
n 1: extreme mental distress [syn: anguish, torment] 2: unbearable physical pain [syn: torment] 3: intense feelings of suffering; acute mental or physical pain; "an agony of doubt"; "the torments of the damned" [syn: agony, torment] 4: the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean [syn: distortion, overrefinement, straining, twisting] 5: the act of torturing someone; "it required unnatural torturing to extract a confession" [syn: torturing] v 1: torment emotionally or mentally [syn: torment, excruciate, rack] 2: subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible" [syn: excruciate, torment]
Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University

Of course the disagreement will be in what constitutes extreme mental distress, unbearable physical pain, or intense feelings of suffering. We are all acculturated in our musical tastes such that exposure to something completely different at loud volume would be hard to bear. Or maybe the kids watching the prisoners just wanted to listen to Britney Spears, which is probably more likely.

A comment by IC Guy asked if a person would be more likely to tell the truth under threat of extreme physical pain, and the answer is probably 'yes.' But it is also just as likely they will tell you what you want to hear, judging from the reactions to their previous answers.

In this particular discussion thread, we are ignoring the role of morals.

4 comments:

joe said...

I can't stand most of Britney's stuff, but I actually really like the album called "In The Zone." I think I just lost my manhood card for saying that, but it's pretty fun as an album.

Intel-Elite said...

Well, if you want to get into torture, I'd definitely go the route of rap. If someone started blasting that garbage in my environment, I'd start talkin'! That's for sure! (hands up) I surrender and I know secrets!

Standing Snake said...

Loud, music in a foreign language repeated throughout the night is definitely torture. Causing hearing loss and potentially causing painful tinitus is much like damage to any other sense organ such as the eyeball.

IMJ, Gitmo and other detention centers are in violation of Geneva as well as basic human dignity. This naturally follows from the belief that our enemies are subhuman, evil, etc.

Anonymous said...

WHAT is happening to Britney Spears? I can’t understand this need for this negative attention! ARGH!!! Paris Hilton is looking wonderful next to the new (old) Britney right? I also want to note that there are pictures on the web of Brit-Brit coming out of a car flashing her hoo-haa without panties. I will not post them here. But I’ve seen them and have forever been changed.

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