Sight Unseen ?

18 Sep

It strikes the writer that no-one is saying that one cannot condemn the publication of photos of the Duchess topless “until you’ve seen the photos for yourself.”

The laughing reader will recall that in fact this is often said about publications that it is said should be banned (it is said for example by those looking to profit from them – but not only by such) – “How you can you know until you’ve seen/read/watched it ?” – the point being precisely that you can’t know and should be ignored. The innuendo is that you’re prejudiced and your opinion is worthless. This seems a common liberal (or ‘liberal’ – whichever) retort when it is said that something is blasphemous, offensive, etc.

Given the universality (near enough) of the condemnation of the publication – why is no-one trying this line ? If (presumably) it is thought inapplicable, then why so ? Where is it applicable, and why ?

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