a reply to: CokeIsNotCool
We seem to agree that ISIS is another bogeyman pushed to the forefront of major media outlet output to sow fear throughout American hearts. I mean,
visit just about any major media published ISIS article, and skim through the first twenty comments. ISIS is al-Qaeda--post 911--all over again. The
hatred the media has generated with this is so unreal as to almost palpably beam out at you from your PC monitor. That kind of hate ... that's just
too a powerful a tool to go unused.
That said, allow me to approach the theme of your post from a different angle. We Americans have a seemingly universal individual behavior of
identifying with nationally known personalities--be they politicians, musicians, actors, etc.--on a level so intimate we convince ourselves we
actually know them. We latch onto these celebrities whose careers or philosophies or values we assume
mirror our own or impress us to know
being the key word order here, when in reality these living icons we worship with our dollars or votes could truly care less
about us individually or collectively, and no doubt with hedonistic glee follow the personal for profit agendas we've all enabled them to pursue.
With the above rant on the fine American pastime of celebrity worship in mind, please follow my train of thought back to your OP. Whether we latch
onto and secretly speak in private to a Hannity, a Matthews, a Cooper or one of many alternative online news talking heads, the disinformation of
disinformation is 24/7 beckoning our brain to get its next fix and not so gently pushing us to react, react, react and spread the pundit's good word
like the flu in a monsoon simulating wind tunnel. Election year arrives and once again we seek out among the available hedonists in waiting a face, a
voice; a message or idea we can identify with or at least endure. At some point thereafter, we relate to whatever politician almost as if they're
lifelong acquaintances who legislate or govern with each of us in mind. Snap! The trap is sprung, the bait dribbling from the corner of our
Whether it's Nazi's, Communists, Sendero Luminoso, FARC, the Cartels, al-Qaeda or IS/ISIS/ISIL--our rulers and the press outlets who distribute
their politically charged "news" need a bogeyman to scare us senseless. What better way to generate these hobgoblin terror organizations than to
fund them, form them, arm them, or create (read: inspire) them by catalyst of draconian US foreign policy?
They say every myth has some basis in fact.