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March 31, 2011


The question of "ruin porn" or "poverty porn" was more or less what we were discussing in the comment thread of Nana's post on "Dickens in Lagos". I hadn't thought that this could be applied to a city like Detroit.
There is a thin line between telling a story realistically and exploiting the pleasure we get from reading about other people's sufferings.

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