Charlie Brooker Says “Goodbye” to 24

The TV show 24 has gone off to TV Syndication Heaven. It ended here in the US a few weeks ago. It ended in the UK this past weekend. Charlie Brooker, who told us everything we need to know to produce a TV news story, has written a farewell to 24 in the Guardian. He praises the shows originality and then nails why some people (myself included) could simply no longer watch the show.

Sometimes it felt like watching an adaptation of a paperback spy thriller as recounted by a six-year-old boy, who’s regurgitated a rough storyline from memory in one breathless sentence: “And then Jack stops the bomb but the man runs away so Jack chases him in a car but the car crashes into the sea and then a shark comes to eat Jack but Jack kills the shark with a sword and then Jack builds a helicopter out of some reeds and a coathanger and then Jack flies the helicopter into the terrorist’s head THE END.”


Review – Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth nor Reconciliation in Confessions of State Violence

My review of Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth nor Reconciliation in Confessions of State Violence is up over at PopMatters.

Once a torturer confesses to his acts, what is resolved? Can his victims forgive him or find relief? Can the families of dead victims gain anything resembling closure or justice? What responsibility or role should the state play in all of this?

Political Science professor Leigh A. Payne tries to answers these questions in her book Unsettling Accounts: Neither Truth Nor Reconciliation in Confessions of State Violence. Through television interviews, newspaper stories, books, and court testimony, Payne thoroughly examines perpetrator confessions of state-sponsored violence in the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and South Africa.