Rieder: What's the allure of graphic images?

April 22, 2015 9:12 PM

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What is the allure of reading about and looking at images of hideous behavior, unspeakable violence, deeply disturbing reminders of man's inhumanity to man?

On Sunday and Monday, USA TODAY's most popular digital article, on both mobile and desktop, was a story headlined, "ISIL video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians." The story did not include the 29-minute video released by the Islamic State, but it did include images from the video show...

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