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By The Way: Porn bill fuel for a modern-day witch hunt

  • Annisa R. Beta

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, November 16 2008   /  08:38 am

Reading the great play The Crucible by Arthur Miller in my American literature and culture class, I couldn’t help but wonder, are we still witch-hunting? My first response is, no way, dude.
Witch-hunting is so way behind us, isn’t it? It’s time for the Internet, e-mails, Facebook and online news.
We’re logical people. We’re modern, or maybe even postmodern. We are humans who have had evolution, and even revolution, for most part of our lives. We are green lovers, we are peacemakers and we are problem solvers.
But wait, have we really passed the witch-hunting era? Have we really passed the tragic phenomenon in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts?
Have we no trace of the tragedy that in essence is about finger-pointing, false witness, mass hysteria, jealousy, hatred and superstition? The tragedy which so easily define black and white...