Re: Explosions at Boston Marathon
posted at 4/16/2013 3:23 AM EDT
In response to softlaw2's comment:
While this may have been the action of Islamists, I hope it's the action of a domestic sicko because the next layer of tragedies will stem from the hightened level of fear and paranoia that will be unleashed and further perpetuate the insanity.
You have serious issues. You state "may be the action of Islamists" and then "I hope it's the action of a domestic sicko". Stop hoping for who you want it to be. Whoever was involved, I could care less why they did it and what group they are or aren't a part of of.
The most serious issue is the near certainty that this act of mayhem was planned in a way that would take full advantage of a media that will sell it to the public for as long as it will sell. The most valuable partner to nearly all organized plans to commit mayhem and homicide is the media and it's captive public. To the extent that nearly every member of the public laps up the media sold narrative, it is providing the largest desired platform that a sinister mind can dream of. The irony of this is beyond words.
The media driven national public narrative is a vital part of the desired response sought by those involved. To the extent that the media sells the narrative and the public captively engages in a narrative about planned acts of violence, the greatest desired platform is achieved by anyone involved with the planning.
The correct individual response is to turn off the media and scold them for selling the narrative to people who have zero need to know and who simply provide the largest audience that the planner(s) could dream of.
I have not watched any of the media coverage of it, and have zero interest knowing about it. I am disappointed that I know anything about it, at all.
Who committed it doesn't change the pain of the tragedy itself, but the identity of the perpetrator will affect our responses to it, whether it makes any sense or not or no matter to what extent it's fed by media selling a narrative. If the action was perpetrated by an outsider, conflict will ensue. If it was committed by one of us, we will be left with little to do but grieve.