posted on Aug, 29 2007 @ 09:16 AM
reply to post by watch_the_rocks
I totally agree. I think the media is hugely responsible for the hype, fear and effectiveness related to terrorism. The same way we don't
"negotiate" with terrorists, we ought to limit coverage of all but the most credible and imminent threats.
I mean if, for examle, there is an authentic threat, there is very little the public can do to prevent an attack. They can only prepare themselves for
eventualities and stay alert to their immediate surroundings.
Exhaustive news coverage gives terrorists and their misguided philosophies too much publicity and credence, thusly encouraging more of the same
behavior. Furthermore, it gives the government an opportunity to control us through fear and "preventive" measures such as the so-called Patriot Act
and the surveillance legislation recently passed.
As for the citizens at large, the constant barrage of threats and bad news promotes a fatalistic view of the world in which they feel they have no
control and no hope. They are more likely to invest their time in self-centered and greedy pursuits - to enjoy life while they can - rather than take
care of their families and communities. Society is stuck in the habit of short-term thinking: What's fun? What can I buy? Is my house big enough? Are
my clothes nice enough? What is the latest celeb gossip? I feel bad, let me take some medicine to cover the symtom rather than fix the problem. The
t.v. can babysit my kid, etc., etc., blah, blah blah...
Even so, who among us won't pause to be concerned about all of the various reports and won't think twice about our preparations and movements this
next month? We are now conditioned to do it. Frankly, I am more concerned about the current administration's attempt to consolidate power than I am a
terrorist attack but I will be vigilant to both possibilities