Sunday, April 6th, 2008
I saw an amazing image on the news tonight. There was a story on a building where swastikas had been painted on its walls. A blotter had been used in the video to “erase” the symbol from the field of view. What was the digital blotter supposed to be hiding? Something, apparently, too horrible to show. Something the news can no longer stand to reveal.
This blotter is a metaphor for a subtle discovery, the kind that slowly creeps up on you and you realize not that something has changed but that change happened long ago.
Not just memory as an external impulse, but forgetting also.
The news says, “You must not see this.” Another rule of imminent forgetting: offense cannot be tolerated.