posted on Dec, 15 2012 @ 12:43 PM
Tragedy happens yesterday, we all want details. Understandable.
But there is an issue with the way stories cycle through the media, and the things it says about America. The News has become a big business, and TV
Ratings are priority. Sure, maybe you could say the media is state propaganda...but still, they need to get as many people to watch as possible.
We saw that within weeks after the James Holmes shooting, it was old news.
Israel-Palestine have a ceasefire, and updates on the situation stop.
Syria, there's still a conflict over there, right?
Why can't we keep a consistent focus on the big picture? Even here on ATS, a huge percentage of the activity is related to this shooting
Why weren't we discussing gun laws two days ago, the issues are basically the same as they were. Should we increase regulations or not? One mass
shooting among many shouldn't cause a major shift in the debate.
How about the fiscal cliff? Is anyone talking about tax rates/spending/deficit today? Isn't this a more worthy topic than gun regulation?
The war in Afghanistan? That's still going on...
The point is that we're constantly talking about these topics on a reactive basis. It's whatever's hot, that's what we decide to talk about.
Meanwhile, there is a slew of issues that are here with us on a daily basis and are much bigger.
Even gun control, that's a small potatoes issue. All the arguments are focusing more on whether or not regulations will prevent violence and less on
the true big picture debate on how much freedom should be sacrificed for public safety.
The gun control debate is the same as the internet privacy debate in this manner.
Not only are we brushing aside what the big picture issues truly are, but we are doing it in favor of these explosively divisive topics.
Whether it's Israel/Palestine, or increasing gun regulation everyone is getting so attached to their side in the debate that we're forgetting that
we all basically agree on what we want.
Which is Peace.
There is a ton going on in the world, and we can't allow the media's propensity for disproportionately focusing on the newest breaking story to
allow us to forget about the big issues, even for a moment.
Even more, we shouldn't allow these issues to let us lose sight of our commonality as human beings that essentially want the same things: quality of
These issues have legitimate points on both sides, there is no reason to write off someone who disagrees with you as less of a person. Let's have
some common respect.
Let's remember that there are systemic problems in our society that plague us from the local to the global levels. When a new story breaks, it's
important to view it in the context of everything else. It's important to discuss the issues that arise with mutual respect and open mindedness.
Let's combat the decreasing attention span of America by staying level headed and focused on big issues at all times. And remember that we agree on
more that we disagree.