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. . . psychological conditioning is irrelevant. This series deals not so much with your average Joe, but with those in power, most of whom, I contend, are sociopaths - even psychopaths. What is depicted in Westworld are the fantasies of such people lurking beneath their respectable surface behavior. Indeed, the "man in black" character is an explicit personification of this idea. Moreover, even people not originally inclined towards sociopathy or psychopathy can be corrupted (without explicit psychological conditioning) to exhibit these qualities, as personified through the "Dolores" character in this series.

I do not argue with you that the action depicted on Westworld is indeed graphic, gruesome, and sadistic. But the very strategies which our "leaders" implement (through such policies as sanctions and forever wars) are full of gruesomeness and sadism. (As a side note, I'll recall that the Clinton administration's sanctions and no fly zone over Iraq are estimated to have caused the deaths of over 50,000 Iraqi children - and it was all worth it according to one of the war criminals in that administration, Madeleine Albright. Do you not see how psychotic these "normal" people in power actually are?) Unfortunately, we've grown accustomed to seeing this kind of gruesomeness and sadism, and it now takes something more devastating (like what Westworld depicts) to actually shake us out of our lethargy. You claim Westworld is pornography - I say you're wrong. There's nothing gratuitous about it.


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