|BEWARE... (that's it, there's really nothing behind the curtain)
||[Mar. 26th, 2004|01:59 am]
|||||thankfully not medicated like the rest of the world.||]|
Not that there's anything wrong with mood medication.
I just finished the book "The Culture of Fear" by Barry Glassner.
Excellent! Great book, very informative. It's about how our culture is afraid of the wrong things, and how the media are mucho irresponsible when it comes to the public and their reporting. Gulf War Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, husbands as major domestic abuse victims, child-napping pedophiles, child-porn rings, killer vaccines, killer kids, killer black men, killer halloween candy, k-razy teen moms, crack babies, flesh-eating bacteria, leaking breast implants... ETC ETC ETC!
All of the above are either rare happenings, nonexistent, or simply hyperboled by the press. Killer kids? Still a rarity, even after Columbine (but why are there more than there used to be?... Hmm.... is it rock music or media violence? Single moms? Less parental authority? NO NO NO! Try the same reason successful suicides have risen in this country--better access to handguns.) GWS and MCS (listed in name above)? Among the REAL experts, agreed to be nonexistent. Husband-abuse? Women hit men roughly as much as men hit women--but it hurts a lot more coming from men (who are usually also the aggressors), and typically when wives kill husbands, it's only after years of abuse.
What about child-porn rings and kidnapping pedos? They're all over the news AND on all the sweeps-nabbing cop television shows--
Typical sweeps TV-script for any cop show.
Cop: I'll get you, you sick, twisted, f*cked up, crazy, loony, mother f*cking AHHGGGGGG DIE! pervert.
Pervert: You don't know! You don't know! You have NO IDEA. Do you really want in our world?
Cop: You still make me sick. *sPAT*
Perv: She was worth every--
Cop: You shut your mouth!
(Repeat, with slight variations, for the rest of the hour. Show at least one cop go home to his kids and look at them longingly--but with concern!--and at the end of the show, after showing the Pervert's glaringly insane eyes, cut to some VAGUE UNRELATED STATISTIC about how so many million children per year are registered as missing from the Eff Bee Eye) End Sidebar
-So, yeah, they're all over television, so why shouldn't we worry? Isn't there really a large network of sick perverts trading pictures of their bold exploits with our beloved sons and daughters?
...NO! Well, not really. Yes, there has been discovered an abundance of child porn on the net--but most was from the FBI attempting to bait more perverts! And as for the child-nabbing... most missing children are either runaways or abducted by a family member. Huh. Yeah, we freak often over practically nothing. Children are much, much more likely to be harmed some way or another in their own home, by their own parents, than by a stranger. Sounds k-rappy, right? Well, maybe that's why we love to hear about strangers fucking with us, for once, instead of the large mound of parental abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse that is much more present.
Halloween candy? You know, the razor-blade in the apple? Not one instance of it ever happening. Nope, not one. There were two cases of family members poisioning their own childrens candy (one for a cover up of a four-year-olds mistaken heroin overdose--he found his Uncles stash--, and the other for insurance money). So, yes, that's a lot of wasted tax dollars on "check-up" spots, all in the name of SAFTEY.
Hey, I love safety as much as the next guy, but not when it stems from stupidity--and may even result in greater danger. Consider the vaccine scares of the 90's. Supposedly the small-pox and other vaccines posed great risk to harming, maybe even killing, children. Because of this ignorance (basically a few--very few--women with deformed or dead children forming organizations and suckling the media in the face of mounds of opposing scientific evidence)---because of this, we came close to having a public panic and having a large portion of the population at risk for these long though dead diseases. Then we would've had thousands of children really dying because of the diseases these vaccines protected against. This actually happened in Japan after a public panic about vaccines--they didn't vacinate, and thousands of children died as a result.
Sadly, here in the US it was probably the media's own attention defecit disorder that stopped it from ever getting dangerously huge (the public forgets quickly in the face of a new scare), and even though this subject is brought up again and again, it never has quite the same effect as the first few times.
All this is contained in that book, and it's very relevant to today in discussion of our president and Mr. Rumsfeld and the rest of the fear-mongering government. Terrorism is a reality, has been forever, but it's not something Americans have to worry that much about. Likelihood of being involved in a terrorist attack in the years 2000 and 2002? Low enough that it's considered zero. In the year 2001? Greater than your chance of winning the lottery or being struck by lightening, I think like over one in a million, probably more. I could be off in that last number, but basically my point is that it was so great that we wouldn't worry about it, and certainly we're much safer than many other countries.
People, we're not doing that bad! Well, at least, risk-wise. Now, we are, as a country, lying and being unethical and killing thousands in the hidden name of oil interests, or at least our representative leader is.
Let's put truthful politicians in office, let's read and listen to and watch truthful media news (albiet there isn't much), let's not panic and let's calm those who do. Let's bombard reporters with letters and insults everytime they lie to us or don't do a good job of reporting (by leaving out vital information in the name of scaring people).
Let's not just sit around like scared little kittens and jump everytime we see barbara walters raise her eyebrows or Dan Rathers (rather not, thankyew) glare his eyes. Instead, let's just laugh at them. And stop watching. Maybe a lack of ratings will get 'em to put more effort in their craft.
And remember, you can miss that new Dateline, your life doesn't depend on watching it. And NO, THE LOCAL NEWS IS NEVER GOING TO SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Yeah, I'm done ranting for now.