Friday, July 27, 2007

Some commentary

So, I'm sure many of you (all twelve of you who read my blog) by now know about the two helicopter collision in Phoenix, AZ. Tragic, almost. I say this for a few reasons, and we're to blame as a society. By the way, I love my wife - she's the best ever.

Some guy in a flatbed truck runs a traffic stop. Suddenly, live coverage usurps the normal programming, and all the networks are scrambling for the scoop. When did a person fleeing the police become so important? The guys with automatic weapons in LA a few years ago, yes, because it was a matter of public safety. But be real, some loser in a flatbed truck? Not really. Hardly, actually.

So we're to blame because we let the networks sell us on the premise this is important. It's not. It has no bearing on our lives whatsoever. Yet many of us want to watch the drama unfold. So, knowing the ratings bonanza this type of event can be, it shows up on our tvs.

So two news choppers collide, four people are killed, and the Phoenix police state that the driver of the truck might be charged because of his involvement. What?!!!??!! In no way is he culpable. Did he force the pilots to risk their lives? Or the photographers? No. The station managers and the viewing public are to blame. Give the driver the proper charges for what he did, but someone needs to draw a line.

If the public would complian when crap like this is broadcast (remember the OJ slow speed chase?) and the stations saw their ratings go down, they wouldn't broadcast this junk. But too many ignoramuses (or is it ignorami?) like it. Guess what? You just killed 4 people, you mindless lemmings. I hope liked the show.


LostInTX said...

Ha-ha! You should never leave a post unfinished... you never know who can sneak in and type crazy little sentences unbeknownst to you. :) But,honestly, I am the best ever.

David Amulet said...

Agreed. Our fascination as a society with car chases and individual petty crime is ridiculous.

-- david

blackcrag said...

Unfortunately, I have to agree completely with you here, Mike. The networks, the newspapers, the radio stations... all feed into this voyeur appetite of the worst in human nature. And so, the worst results come of it.

(And Lost, I was wondering what that sentence had to do with the post... it was definitely non-sequitur.)