Friday, December 07, 2007
Breaking News - Situation Normal
I got into the habit of checking the MSM websites because when I worked for a big company (SSRM/MetLife), the "higher-ups" got their tech news from these sites. So I was in CYA mode. Plus, new computers tend to come with MSM links preloaded, and I am a bit lazy on the housekeeping. In any case, I opened up CNN this morn to see the headline above: "Innocent people going about their daily lives" and thought I had mistakenly clicked the link for The Onion. Obviously, when I checked the story, I understood the headline, but I was still in this kind of fake news, truthiness place.
Last night, on Nightline, the big story was a profile of the mall shooter in Omaha - these incessant cries of "why did he do that" echoing the (media-generated) fear in all those cries of "why do the terrorist hate us" from six years ago. People gotta get a grip: in Baghdad, a day when only eight people get shot is a sign that our War Against Extreme Fundamentalism is "succeeding" [end airquotes]. Which side of the MSM's mouthes do we want to listen to? Do we really need an explanation for the shooting or the terror act? Was there ever a time we cold have prevented the death of innocents? Is it important that we measure someone's the guilt or innocence?
Or do we need some unbelievable and intensely immediate news item to help sell ED drugs?
Though the headline above might suggest otherwise, it sure seems like we should have passed the tipping point where these acts become the norm, or maybe the expected, and we are just living, if not in Baghdad, in The Onion World.
Or maybe we just want so much that the world not be the way we've made it, that the expected becomes the news.