I just don’t understand it. Our generation is desensitised by a million violent horror films, this we know. But to the extent that they’re able to download and watch a real life snuff movie, a human being hacked to death in real time? Without vomiting, fainting or being traumatised for life? It is just… staggering.

Death is pretty repulsive pornography, thrillseekers. And the most indecent invasion of privacy imaginable. Can’t imagine how it would feel to be part of a dead hostage’s family, knowing their relative is being slain over and over again on computer screens worldwide.

Sorry to go all moralistic, I don’t normally. But this is just repulsive.