Thursday, February 15, 2018
THE MEDIA PUNDITS AND POLITICIANS, NOT TO MENTION CELEBRITIES, HAVE BEGUN THEIR BLABBER AND THEY ARE TRULY BLIND GUIDES
We have always had mentally ill and maniacal people in the world who act out in violent, murderous ways. In times past we had Jack the Ripper, Son of Sam and John Wayne Gacy, all mass murderers.
We have always had mentally ill students. Usually they take their own life not others.
But there is a sea change in our culture that enables the maniacal to go out in a blaze of glory and encourages them to imitate behavior they find in the media both old and new. In other words, the medias now weaponize/radicalize the mentally ill, give them ideas, brainwash them, fulfill their hope of a glorious notoriety and the worse kind of narcissism.
The media, all of it, new, old, on-line, video games and the like, are very, very violent. Even the warning of "violent content not suited for some" is an enticement to watch or purchase. We, and I include myself, are cooked today in the crockpot of real and make-believe violence, death and chaos.
The 24 hour news channels make these tragedies into a reality show for rating not just for information and the promotion of their particular political ideologies. It began on CNN even before the gunman was captured.
The Walking Dead, a horribly violent show has very high ratings and it is tame to some of the things our young can access.
And yes, automatic, military-like weapons in the hands of these kinds of people exacerbates the situation when they become radicalized or spiral out of mental control. There must be laws outlawing military weapons in the hands of civilians who in a fit of temporary rage or severe mental illness kill so many.
As with so much in our society, from the Playboy lifestyle that denigrates the Church's sure and certain Faith about human sexuality in all aspects that then snowballed into the degradation of woman and men exploited and abused by others in and out of power to the violence portrayed on all medias, the blame must be fixed directly on "Hollywood" which I use in the generic/ pejorative sense. And the root of all this immorality and amorality is the almighty buck that can be traced to the wallet of these capitalists and their industries industries.
In addition to this, we are no longer watching the medias together, each has his own "channel." Compare this to the golden years of TV and movies. There were only three or four networks, no tape machines and we basically watched the same thing and talked about what we watched and critiqued it too with others. We also had breakfast, lunch and supper with our family, we didn't eat alone or at different times as many families do today.
Individualism without others to supervise, talk about or critique is bad for everyone especially the young who are so easily influenced and indoctrinated by what they hear and watch.