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'Boundaries are blurring so it is hard to believe we are not in an episode of ‘Love/Hate’'

'Boundaries are blurring so it is hard to believe we are not in an episode of ‘Love/Hate’'

Violence is everywhere: Demonstrators clash with police during an anti-austerity demonstration in Rome

Violence is everywhere: Demonstrators clash with police during an anti-austerity demonstration in Rome

Violence is everywhere: A Palestinian throws a stone towards Israeli soldiers during clashes

Violence is everywhere: A Palestinian throws a stone towards Israeli soldiers during clashes

Violence is everywhere: An injured man wipes his nose after participating in bare-knuckle fight in the village of Chivarreto in the Totonicapan region, northwest of Guatemala City

Violence is everywhere: An injured man wipes his nose after participating in bare-knuckle fight in the village of Chivarreto in the Totonicapan region, northwest of Guatemala City

Violence is everywhere: Riot police try to extinguish a fire started by residents of the Telerj slum as they attempt to repossess the land in Rio de Janeiro

Violence is everywhere: Riot police try to extinguish a fire started by residents of the Telerj slum as they attempt to repossess the land in Rio de Janeiro

Violence is everywhere: Ukrainian riot police officers leave following a rally in support of a united Ukraine

Violence is everywhere: Ukrainian riot police officers leave following a rally in support of a united Ukraine

Violence is everywhere: Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine

Violence is everywhere: Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine

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'Boundaries are blurring so it is hard to believe we are not in an episode of ‘Love/Hate’'

Footage of a youth kicking in the door of Spar on O'Connell Street is another example of the levels of social disorder and violence now commonplace in our society. Most of what occurs on the street can be seen on our screens almost instantly and it is not a pretty sight. Cruelty is recorded as it occurs and we watch it with mesmerised horror, unable to resist viewing life at its worst.

But the frequency of such events and the fact that we now witness them as part of our daily news diet means that we also experience them emotionally, and it is causing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in many people.


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