Violence, Mass Media, and Martyrs: Why Doesn’t Anyone Blame The News
Being a huge fan of fucked up films, and being gamer as well, it bothers me to no end that two of my passions are the first things attacked by media anytime some kid with a messed up head does a messed up deed. And don’t even get me started on they way music is everybody’s scapegoat when someone in society shows us their true, sociopath roots. If kids shoot up a school, murder kids and teachers, and then kill themselves, you think the music they listened to factors into that? Explain to me how? Songs don’t buy fucking guns. Songs don’t fill notebooks with detailed plans on murdering people. No, songs provide nothing more than background noise for people who are that disturbed. But wait, who is doing the blaming here? Mass-media, huh? That is ironic, because while they are doing this, they are trying to distract us from the fact that they, themselves, are the ones to blame. Television news is the most vile programming you can watch. It throws violence at you at such an alarming rate that, once you notice what they do are actually doing, it’s all you can see. Rape and death. Paranoia and fear. Mass media cashes in on things most wouldn’t dare admit even exists. The suffering of humanity. But it is never too late to learn to shut off y our television, before it shuts you off to what it’s like to feel empathy.
Some people think I am strange because I like dark films. But you know what I don’t like, that realistically, all the people who condemn me do? Snuff. Actual death. I refuse to watch anything with actual death. I never watched those videos that got sent around to people with the news reporters being beheaded by terrorists. I never watched the hanging of Saddam Hussein, that so many people seemed to take pleasure in emailing to each other. Do you know why? Because I like my death in films to be fake. I take no joy whatsoever in actual human pain or suffering. No, I have never watched a snuff film, and I never will.
But do you want to know the last time I was forced to watch someone die? On a commercial for the news. A fucking COMMERCIAL. In this commercial for News Action 12, they showed a head-on collision between a truck and a car, with the car getting totaled and coming to an absolute stop as a result from the crash. If that car was going sixty, and came to an absolute stop from a collision, do you know how fast the people in the car were jolted, even if they were buckled in? At sixty miles an hour. You don’t need to be a fucking doctor to know that people in that car died. Or were atleast seriously broken. And yet, they MADE me watch that. I don’t even watch the news, and they managed to make we watch snuff before dinner. Here, let me show you something. Do you want to know how the news is secretly selling itself to you?
As a fucking action film:
The news is selling itself to you as action. And what do we think of when we think of action? Action movies. And what have we learned to feel when we watch action movies? We are told to remind ourselves that it is fiction, and that no one is actually getting hurt. So what the news is doing to you, subconsciously, is exactly what the news wants to do to you. It wants to attack your senses, all while numbing your moral compass to what is okay and what isn’t okay to watch. Let me put this in a way many will understand.
I have been to a great deal of homes that watch the local news while they eat dinner. They say they do this to stay abreast of local, pertinent information. But let me ask you something? What will they learn during that broadcast that will actually affect how they live their lives during that dinner? I can tell you. Nothing.
What they are actually doing is numbing themselves to violence and grief, by over exposing themselves to violence and grief. And that is not the worst part. The worst part is, while mass media is feeding you their system of beliefs, they are subconsciously skewing the way you look at certain things. Like, for example, the recent school shootings. Who cashed in on that? All media, rushing to Sandy Hook and overwhelming the citizens of an already grief-stricken community. And why? So they could get that one perfect sound bite, and video clip, that would get the people to tune in. Never forget it is a business. Never forget every one of those people involved is, LITERALLY, making money off that tragedy. Also, there is no single song, video game., or movie that have made any of these “shooters” in the past into martyrs or anti-heroes. But you know what has done that? Mass media, but shoving images of these kids, as well as information about them (in the form of what they did and how they acted in OTHER PEOPLE’S EYES) down our throats, yet, no self-respecting blogger or website was publishing images of these kids. Do you know why? Because it is devastating and instead of focusing ON these tragedies, we need to get PAST them, but there is no story past them. The story is in them, so like a maggot burying itself into a pile of shit, the media just digs itself further into the story, focusing on ANY aspect they can. Which takes me to my next point.
Did you know Fox aired a live suicide this year? I won’t show it, and I have already stated why, but I will show you a glimpse of what people watching the news at dinner that night witnessed:
The man shown above had engaged in a high-speed chase with cops. He then pulled into this field, got out of the car, pulled a gun out of pants, held it to his head, and blew his fucking brains out, on live TV. You can even hear the broadcaster, filming from the helicopter, sensing that this is about to happen, but they NEVER stopped filming or looked away. Did anyone get in trouble for this? Ofcourse not, this is the hulking beast that is Fox news, we are talking about. Beasts like that never get touched.
Or what about Christine Chubbuck? Oh, you don’t know her story? Ofcourse you don’t, because mess media knew how it would make them look. You can read her story in depth here, but the long and short is, she said, live, during her broadcast: “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide.” She then pulled out a gun and blew her brains out on live TV. Was she mentally ill? Ofcourse she was. And was it tragic and unnecessary? Ofcourse it was. But read that sentence she said right before she did it. Now read it again. Has it sunk in yet? Oh, and she did this in 1974, by the way.
Truth is, the wisest of people have always known something was wrong with network news, as made evident by this brilliant speech from the 1976 film, Network:
He was mad as Hell about this thirty years ago. So why aren’t any of you mad about it now, when we have more of a reason to be mad than ever?
So the question I pose here is a simple one. When someone goes postal, and kills a great deal of innocent people,(especially when it’s kids, either behind the gun or in front of it) people are so quick to blame video games, movies, and music, but why doesn’t anyone ever blame mass media and the news, when that is clearly the place anyone who does this learns the reaction it gets? Remember the next time you turn on the local news at dinner, that you are taking a potential helping of snuff with your food, and I am not talking about chewable tobacco. Try shutting off the news for a week or two, and only getting the information you need from websites like Huffington Post, where atleast you can pick your poison, instead of having it crammed in your maw against your will. Free yourselves. Once we stop watching, they will stop cashing in, and the cycle will end. Alas, we are humans. This cycle will never end.