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Ngl I will applaud s2 of THE TERROR for taking the line that empathy is a more effective interrogation tactic than intimidation or torture.

Like, it's literally empirically true (there was a whole US government investigation about it and all that) but it's still super rare to see in media, particularly American media.

OTOH it still manages to be a bit shit when dealing with women (specifically non-European women) so... there's that, I guess...

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@alis Oh yes, there is a huge amount of experience and research behind this and I think it started being studied and implemented systematically in England. Calling the process "interview" rather than "interrogation" was a conscious reflection of that shift. theguardian.com/news/2017/oct/ It's surprising how little this has been reflected in media portrayals, but then again maybe not given that a) fiction thrives on tension and conflict and b) the media industry is dominated by the U.S.

@lj_writes Yeah there's been a bunch of thinkpieces recently re. this whole thing because of the release of THE REPORT. But I do think it's always worth reiterating regardless.

Torture doesn't work. Empirically. It does not work.

@alis And it's not just torture, either, which is arguably only the most extreme form of confrontational, conflict- and domination-based interrogation. While torture is outright criminal and understandably the most decried, this whole manichean model of interrogation where the "good guy" must force the truth out of the "bad guy" simply does not work, leads to false confessions at alarming rates, and does no good for anyone or anything but the interrogator's ego.

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