Tumblr is the wild, wild, west of the Internet it seems. The stuff that is posted, the dynamics of the interactions between posters and followers, and the anonymity make it a great place for some of life’s more taboo subjects. I both read and use Tumblr. I use it for the marketing it provides, but I read it for the underbelly of the human condition. One day, early on, I stumbled across one (of many it seems) Tumblr blog that was devoted to gore and death. It was not my first time seeing such, but this person was infatuated with it. So I asked him, “why the fascination with the blood, guts, and macabre content?” His response was as follows:
There is something beautiful about seeing a human completely broken, seeing them reduced to the most atomic parts. It’s not only a puzzle to solve, but a wonderful picture to behold.
I thought about what he said for quite a while. Should not we cherish the imagery of death when we celebrate the imagery of life?