North Korean Public Execution

In a stadium, no less:

Public executions had declined since 2000 amid international criticism but have been increasing, targeting officials accused of drug trafficking, embezzlement and other crimes, the Good Friends aid agency said in a report on the North's human rights.

In October, the North executed the head of a factory in South Pyongan province for making international calls on 13 phones he installed in a factory basement, the aid group said. He was executed by a firing squad in a stadium before a crowd of 150,000.

Six people were crushed to death and 34 others injured in an apparent stampede as they left the stadium, the aid group said.

Most North Koreans are banned from communicating with the outside world, part of the regime's authoritarian policies seeking to prevent any challenge to the iron-fisted rule of Kim Jong Il.

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Why versus how

I don't have a problem with public execution. Why shouldn't people see an execution? What I have a problem with is execution for making international phone calls.

Seriously, what a bummer. 

Seriously, what a bummer.  I'm all for public executions too, because Kant said they were good.  Plus I like violent movies--but Nozick's experience machine suggests that we should prefer the real McCoy as opposed to mere simulations.  But why couldn't it have been a serial rapist?

I think Nozick says we value

I think Nozick says we value reality for itself, but we also value other things, so it doesn't mean we should always prefer an actual experience over a fake one. I like the idea of virtually crossing ethical barriers (read GTA) but would not want nor enjoy to do or watch that in real life.

Serial rapists provide many good girls to produce foods and good boys to fight in the army you counter-revolutionary vermin!