“Mass Media Murders”
The Kaepernick incident is creating a buzz around America and the media is pushing the narrative.
Of course, that narrative is not the reasons why Kaepernick claims he’s sitting during the National
Anthem at NFL games, but the debate over patriotism, free speech and typical politics.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and
people of color……..To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the
other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with
Very few of these talking heads are addressing the reasons behind Kaepernick’s refusal to take part
in this demonstration of patriotism before each game. Instead, they focus on the perceived attack on
the patriotism of America and it’s most patriotic game football. I do find it amusing that some think
that this will tarnish the name of the NFL, but fail to point out the countless domestic abusers, rapist
and even murderers that play or played in the league. Yeah, I’m pretty sure this league’s image will
never show any tarnish, or more likely any shame.
Although Kaepernick’s plea, which hinges on the appeal for peace in the face of violence, has been heard,
it doesn’t appear to be accepted. No one has stepped forward to construct any change to this violence,
or any violence that we see everyday in America.
Ignoring for a while the motivations of all the violence (which are not all related), why is there nothing
being done to stop or prevent these actions? Why is there a shooting in America nearly everyday? Why
is it American’s cry over the bodies of school kids one day but then go on to the next new media
sensation, without ever really screaming for change? Could it be that there’s a more underline cause
from our empathy to apathy? Maybe we just like the entertainment.
Could it really be that in this reality TV fast food fly like attention span of the average American
consumer, that we’ve accepted mass shootings(and other violence) to be just another form of
entertainment? I say yes!
Most people get excited about these stories and can’t wait to make their contributions to the social
commentary collective. Be honest, don’t you sit glued to the your desired form of media transfusion to
find out the latest on the some shooting in BFE where the shooter was wearing nothing but a thong
screaming ‘stop oppressing vegetables!’ Come on, you’d be dying to hear his story! But don’t worry, the
media always honors the killer’s wishes and presents their ‘Manifesto’ as pure and honest as they can.
Of course, no such luck for the victims, but hey there’s so many they just don’t have the time.
Fred (an average American consumer of all things Bullshit) sits at home on his couch. He’s just finished
eating a stale bag of chips he found underneath his seat cushion and is washing it down with half a can
of last nights beer for breakfast, as he gets a Fox News Alert:
New details on the mass shooting in Dipshit, Kentucky where a man shot 19 people
at a cock fight.The shooter was wearing nothing but a thong screaming ‘stop
Fred scratches his balls and yells to himself,”19 people dead Fuck!” Then the news continues:
“19 people are confirmed dead and one person is in critical condition.”
Fred thinks to himself,”God damn it 19 dead, but one still alive. Come you fuck let go! Give me 20,
that’s a nice round number. Go towards the light you selfish prick!”
Media has changed how it presents the news since Fox changed their format to a more entertainment
friendly presentation. Thus, the rest the media followed and now we get sensationalism, not information.
The spin is always on the killer, never the victim. The narrative is shifted to a Hollywood like portrait of
the incident, from the nightmare it is. They hold us intoxicated by this story,until the next major news
story, like ‘What color did Beyonce wear in her new video and does coffee breath make you sexy?
That and more on Fox&Friends.’
The media has done nothing more with their depictions of these massacres than become an
advertisement for the gun industries. Studies have shown the only real change in our behavior is the
increase in gun sales (Intercept). No, I’m not calling for the disarmament of our citizens.
I do ask for some common sense to be applied when it comes to the sale of firearms.
I know asking government to apply common sense to law is like asking the Church to stop protecting
pedophiles, but one can dream.
The real change that needs to occur is our cultural obsession with violence and recognizing when media
is feeding us entertainment not news.