When Tragedy Strikes, Turn Off Your TV
I refuse to acknowledge the murderer of seven innocents in Isla Vista by name. I'm not going to give that little sh*t the time of day. I will move on to my point, and do so quickly.
The news networks need to stop giving these psychos the spotlight for ratings. It's sickening. You're kidding yourself if you don't believe the cable news networks are milking these tragedies for ratings. It's the nature of the business. Why else would CNN sink for black holes as a possibility for vanishing planes? Why else would CNN comment on Fox News commenting on CNN's ratings? I kid you not. News isn't journalism anymore.
Marilyn Manson once said "Times aren't becoming more violent, they're becoming more televised."
In a constant effort to stimulate you and reel you into their program, the networks are pounding your mind with non-stop coverage of tragedies and murders (with carefully thought-out titles like "Carnage in the Classroom - 16 Dead" see - that's ratings-driven.), often times unwittingly turning these wretches into pin-ups. Even the Boston bomber has a fan club. Are you kidding?
"What could have made this sweet boy or girl kill so many people?" Uhm, because that person was pissed off, psychotic, and had a weapon.
Networks - stop trying to sensationalize this, stop humanizing these evil people.Stop reaching so far and shamelessly to get viewers to turn you on and keep you on. I know more about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev than I do about any of his victims. Why is this? Who felt the need to share with millions of people in the audience how he did it? Sensationalism is sickening.
Here's the punchline.
Listen to Charlie Brooker, he's much like Jon Stewart is here in the States, but more dry and cynical like his fellow Brits. He makes chilling and sobering points that will make networks look like mindless scum.
Turn off the TV. Don't feed this terrible cycle. Hug your loved ones.