Tiger Woods or Iraq? We Eat What the Media Wants Us to Eat
Every day I grow more convinced that what we are fed by the media is what we end up being interested in…
We want to read, see, hear about Tiger Woods because everyone is talking about him. That’s all TV is spitting out at us.
The media feeds unimportant news to us and we gobble it all up. And we’re happy. We’re happy because we get to fall asleep in front of the TV screen. Our brains aren’t forced to think constantly. There is no need to worry. Look, Woods has it much worse. Or does he?
What’s slipping through our fingers is the ability to think through the big problems of today, to reason on topics that are really close and important to our society as a whole.
While millions were flipping channels to watch the Woods press conference over and over again, trying to dissect the man’s facial expressions to see if he gave away any special sex-addict features, there was a video decrypted by WikiLeaks being shown on the Huffington Post that took several hours to catch some attention. These are the screen shots I took around 3 p.m. Central Time, about three hours after the video was posted on HuffPo.
It’s a 2007 war video. A video taken from a U.S. military helicopter over Baghdad, Iraq. A helicopter that shot on civilians. At least eleven people died, two children were wounded.
It is so sad, so demoralizing, so repugnant, that you convince yourself it cannot be true. Maybe it’s a videogame.
That video alone could turn around the war effort in Iraq. It could have people wake up and once again, just like during the late Vietnam years, realize that war just isn’t right.
Maybe if we were to see these types of videos more often and a little less Tiger Woods, as a society we might all benefit from a higher awareness of what a tragedy war is and always will be.
* Victims as of 04/05/2010