The Press: X Marks the Spot

People resent the sight of a corpse because it reminds them of their own mortality. Cherishing the memory of the dead one, they treat his clay with reverence although secretly detesting the stiff and putrefying souvenir left behind. If a corpse must lie in the same room with the quick, its face is covered with a cloth or dissembled with cosmetics. Newspapers have recognized this unwillingness to look up on cadavers, and it has been a journalistic tradition never to print pictures of those killed by violence except for purposes of...

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