Today, she argued, social media mean that “like porn, we can access images of death and dying on demand, endlessly, whenever the appetite strikes us…you will find a mind-blowingly diverse selection [of images], from the everyman to the artist, from high art to tawdry neo-realist and downright depressing”.

All this might indicate that we have begun to “transcend the taboo that surrounds talking of death, if not for good, at least for now…similarly to the way in which we can now speak freely about sex and endlessly chronicle our fixation with it”.

The positive interpretation of all this, continued Ms Kioussis, is that artistic  representations can help us “view the image of death as spectators” and “process the concept of our annihilation”.

Read full story. See also the active Facebook group on “Death at Winchester“.

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