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How American Mass Media Turned The Connecticut Shooting Into A Good Old Fashioned Child Sacrifice Ritual
The Connecticut School Interupted My Day Watching TV
I turned on the news in the mid afternoon pacific standard time to hear the latest and see what the stock markets were doing an hour before closing and the only story on every one of the news stations and financial news stations was this breaking story of a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The story was developing of course everyone would have some basic curiosity as to what happened and who did it and why. A lot of young innocents were killed. Had a school bus gone over a cliff killing twice as many young children the news story would have been a lot less involved, Guns would not be being blamed nor possible ice on the highway that caused the skid over the edge. The media immediately started making a narrative story out of the tragedy. Every single talking head on TV and on the Radio and Internet news services and blogs wanted to take this story by the handle and run with it as the messenger. I even saw Brett Baer on Fox News break into an ongoing news conference by police on the scene of the crime to let the audience know he wanted to get the ratings for telling the story then turning the TV screen back to the live news coverage of the police explaining what they knew. One by one on all news networks every talking head was taking credit for telling the same story twisting it into their personal perspective such as O'reiley finding "experts" to say that the whole thing was caused by "evil". It used to be believed that mental illness was the work of the devil so the evil thesis makes perfect sense from that perspective. On my face book page one by one news media people who i had followed in the past started to post their perspective on the story as if it somehow centered around them or their expertise analysis. Then I saw that one published photograph of a understandably in shock woman probably one of the mothers of the dead children in a moment of grief and pain no one in the media had any business publishing. That photograph made me truly angry because the life that this story was taking on in the mass news media really was going way beyond rubber necking to the extreme. It was instantly becoming a circus of social psychopathology. With that photograph of that woman caught in some telescopic camera lens the media circus masters were telling their audience that they themselves were all feeling the same anguish and pain. It hit the Internet and spread like wildfire
Shakespeare said all the world is a stage. He may have never dreamed of an unfortunate event like this becoming a reality tv show staged for the benefit of media ratings. Then it dawned on me that I had seen something like this before. No not the Columbine school massacre nor the shooting at the Clackamas Mall in Oregon a few days before. Where I had seen this before was in ancient greek tragedies on a stage with the wailing women and the pathos. Those ancient plays were once performed steps from where animal sacrifices were being performed. So I realized why it maters so much to the mass media that we know who did the shootings , Where he came from , how old he was , what he looks like , what his motive might have been in every sort of speculation possible , that he was a loner or an honor student, suicidal , mentally ill, on drugs, evil and everything else about him. Why so many details are important? As i said if a school bus with 80 children went over a cliff and everyone on the bus died the unthinkable would not be as thinkable as what the media has to say about a story where someone could be held responsible on his own free will. In other words the mass news media tempts the audience into thinking about why if they were the killer they might have killed so many innocents and then committed suicide. That is part of the problem and why we have so many rare events like this one where people like this shooter act out a fantasy of avenging , killing innocent people, having out of control anger issues in order to rationalize the senselessness of mass murder and suicide. Going back into the dim distant past where human sacrifice was a corner stone of social order in many ancient civilizations the exact same dynamics applied with the seeming difference that the innocent children were being killed to appease angry gods. When O'reiley talks about evil being the cause he might as well mean the devil and Satan which of course i appeasing certain deities...sacrifice.....which means sacred killing. Was this a sacrifice? Maybe so. Maybe the shooter considered himself the executioner of the sacrifice in some compartment of his twisted mind? Regardless of how twisted his mind, the mass media was already guiding the story into one of a sacrificial ritual. The liberal media was trying to guide it being a narrative about a mass sacrificial ritual of agony , despair and grief of that crying mother on the cell phone photo that never should have been published to make it an issue for their perceived need for gun control. The conservatives wasted no time channeling the pathos of the story in to their good old fashioned line that this was a sacrifice of innocents warning us as if they are biblical prophets that society is in a state of moral and even mental degradation.
Everyone in the mass media was attempting to cozy up to the story and telling their audience that they were somehow intimately associated with the story and that you would need them to get close to the story so the social psychopathology keeps rolling on. There are paintings of people over the years who had artists paint them into pictures were Jesus Christ is alive and standing next to them and interacting with them. The media news messengers were spending most of the day inserting themselves into a story where they really have no business being . You may say well, this is not really a human sacrifice of innocents. Of course not but the media news people are treating it that way after the fact as a kind of emotional spectacle they want you to connect with as the TV viewer or radio listener. They want you to identify with all sides in the story and play act it in your own mind as to what you would have done or to ask the question why the shooter would have ever done what he did. It is a trap that almost no one figures is being set for them to fall into. You don't have any fantasies about killing innocents until something like this starts blasting at you and you find no pleasure in it but outer out there in the land of people who believe their celebrities on television are like demigods are people who cant totally differentiate fantasy from reality and they get the wrong idea about the shooter as a kind of tragic figure himself to be identified with. From that we get the next copy cat or the next massacre somewhere else. Should the news media ignore the story? Of course not. But the way everyone tries to own the story and become the primary teller of the narrative of the unfolding story is the beginning of a massive social psychopathology not very much different than sentiments in and around human sacrifice temple complexes in ancient cities. When you think about how far the disturbance goes in the media with Jay Leno later that evening saying to his audience he almost cancelled his show because of the pain and agony he and his audience likely felt there is something definitely wrong. It is along the lines of human sacrifice of innocents because everyone is supposed to be living the grief and agony of an event they have no proximity to and no more reason to be involved with than an accident like a bus crash. It is as if we are supposed to need people who step up and do horrible things like this but we can't directly hire them to do it we just have to wish we have a blow out media circus with greater numbers of viewers watching because the unthinkable we really love thinking about has actually happened. O'reiley said it right it was then evil but the evil is in him too because this who media event goes way beyond simple rubber necking. It is not enough for any of the news media people to say we now lack commitment laws for dangerous mentally ill people. We now have to know why mentally il people do horribly bad things and how and why they thought that. Is that to prevent us from thinking such dangerous thoughts or is it because this is really a theater of human sacrifice of innocents for our national entertainment? Now that the shooter has been identified as an honor student the idea about knowing what he was thinking becomes much more a question about how it would be rational in his mind becuase he was smart enough to know better. What the mass media should know is they don't know and may never know and speculating is inserting the minds of too many people into an area where all they really need to know is a crazy person did a crazy horrible thing and it does not mater what he thought when he did it.