How It Happened
Hey everyone! Right before I went to bed last night I read this quote from Noam Chomsky concerning Vietnam:
“One of the questions asked in that study was, How many Vietnamese casualties would you estimate that there were during the Vietnam war? The average response on the part of Americans today is about 100,000. The official figure is about two million. The actual figure is probably three to four million. The people who conducted the study raised an appropriate question: What would we think about German political culture if, when you asked people today how many Jews died in the Holocaust, they estimated about 300,000? What would that tell us about German political culture?”From Media Control
‘Did we just kill a kid?’: The moment drone operator who assassinated Afghans with the push of a button on a computer in the U.S. realized he had vaporized a child… and could not go on
A former U.S. drone operator has opened up about the toll of killing scores of innocent people by pressing a button from a control room in New Mexico. Brandon Bryant, 27, from Missoula, Montana, spent six years in the Air Force operating Predator drones from inside a dark container. But, after following orders to shoot and kill a child in Afghanistan, he knew he couldn’t keep doing what he was doing and quit the military.
Let me Share three more facts with you and then i will move on and get to it already
- The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) an independent organization based at City University in London reports that from June 2004 through mid-September 2012, available data indicate that drone strikes killed 2,562 – 3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom 474 – 881 were civilians, including 176 children. TBIJ reports that these strikes also injured an additional 1,228 – 1,362 individuals,” according to the Stanford/NYU study. taken from this CNN article
- NUMBER OF HOMICIDES IN CHICAGO AS OF Dec. 16, 2012 : 516
- Vava Tampa wrote an article Entitled Why the World is Ignoring Congo War for CNN. In the article she stipulates that :The wars in the Congo have claimed nearly the same number of lives as having a 9/11 every single day for 360 days, the genocide that struck Rwanda in 1994, the ethnic cleansing that overwhelmed Bosnia in the mid-1990s, the genocide that took place in Darfur, the number of people killed in the great tsunami that struck Asia in 2004, and the number of people who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki — all combined and then doubled. Yet we rarely hear anything about it.
Now with all that Said
Is it fair to say that mass media doesn’t report all events equally. I understand that killing sprees don’t happen everyday in connecticut a rather affluent state but they have been on the rise:
1. Shooting sprees are not rare in the United States.
Mother Jones has tracked and mapped every shooting spree in the last three decades. “Since 1982, there have been at least 61 mass murders carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii,” they found. And in most cases, the killers had obtained their weapons legally:
I took that from another article: Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States. That a story for another day. But there has been evidence that mass-media does heavily influence what we see as real
In 1997, J. R. Finnegan Jr. and K. Viswanath identified 3 main effects or functions of mass media.
- The Knowledge Gap: The mass media influences knowledge gaps due to factors including “the extent to which the content is appealing, the degree to which information channels are accessible and desirable, and the amount of social conflict and diversity there is in a community”.
- Agenda Setting: People are influence in how they think about issues due to the selective nature of what media choose for public consumption
- Cultivation of Perceptions: The extent to which media exposure shapes audience perceptions over time is known as cultivation.
Actually Edward Bernays father of public relations felt it was an important element of a democratic society.
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.
So of course with the evidence and from what I have seen in the news is it wrong to say that the media directs to a certain extent where we place our emotional responses? This happened of course in America on American soil and is a tragedy. Without a doubt I think it is an opportunity for us as a country to re-visit gun control, how we treat mental illness and a host of other issues.
How did you interpret the image ?
Do you find it an “asshole thing to post” ?
Do you you find the statement made by the picture to be factual or non-factual?
If you read this statement before the tragic event that transpired in Connecticut recently how would you feel about it ?
Please leave you thoughts below, I’m curious to know what you all feel and jsut to discuss this and perhaps figure something out