DEATH IN THE CITY STREETS
day. Here though Grannell shows something a bit different: he shows animals killed
literally for market reasons. To raise prices death had to happen. Juxtaposed
with this already bleak message are police radio communications after the
Boston Marathon Bombing. Put together it creates a deeply disturbing piece of
work. Visuals for this piece are rather gruesome. A rare ‘viewer discretion is
advised’ statement accompanies this review for many of these images (though
thankfully not all) are rather unsettling. Many of them show what happened to
the poor animals.
Dust Bowl was poorly timed to coincide with the Great Depression. America was
down in the doldrums. Some guy told the country the only thing they had to fear
was fear itself. Economically this made sense. If fear could be taken care of
confidence in the market economy could return once more, bringing the stock
market to such great heights. Re-investment could start all over again. Finally
people could have jobs, produce goods of questionable value, and take care of
one another in mass-produced pre-fabricated buildings.
prevented many of these things from happening. Years passed with FDR still
trying to jump start the economy. Hence he used the destruction to show that a
greater good could be accomplished. Over these images come the sounds of people
devoid of fear. Here they go over standard procedures in a way that suggests
they’ve completely removed themselves from fear of the situation. They handle
the situation. Vocabulary is put into place to avoid any unpleasantness. If
anyone can remove themselves from a situation or action enough they’ll never
fear it. Given enough comfort the consequences seem almost irrelevant. To some
degree this is worrisome.
fear there can be nothing terrible. Oftentimes great things can come out of
fear along with the bad. Life requires a balance. The good comes with the bad.
If each emotion is edited out it leaves a weird creepy gray-ish residue. Upon
FDR stating that classic line about fear he tried to give people confidence.
Removal of all fear is impossible. That’s a tall order to fill, one that’s been
unsuccessfully tried again and again. Slaughters of the animals suggest a scary
reminder of when fear becomes conquered. It can lead to inhuman consequences.
For the radio dialogue it suggests something scarier of how procedure can erode
traces of emotion or humanity. Distance sometimes is needed. Feeling human
however should not be a procedure. It should be natural.