by Kenneth Justice
~If you live in the United States you pretty much had to be living in a cave to have not heard or seen the television news footage in Boston; Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the 19 year old Boston Marathon bomber was captured.
But you don’t need me for the details.
There’s been so much news time devoted to this story in print media and 24 hour cable news that I swear I now know more about Dzhokhar than I do about my own mother.
Hey, don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting the news coverage was bad, overblown, or over-sensationalized………
But here we are on Saturday morning…….now what?
I am a media junkie so I was watching and reading 10 different sources yesterday as a part of my normal routine. When I flipped to NBC National News, there was Lester Holt, correspondent on assignment in Boston, looking so giddy I thought he just got laid or something…..Uh, no, Lester was just excited that law enforcement had captured the bomber.
That’s what the News does to us, it sucks us into a story, it creates an emotional bond between us and the story and then like the proverbial red headed step-child; they kick us to the curb.
Lester Holt is no different than you and I….he got so sucked into the story that when the cops finally captured the dude; he was overcome with emotion, his own wife didn’t get that much emotion out of Lester on their wedding night.
The News story will begin dying down today……and I feel a bit…. unsatisfied?
The bomber is locked up; good.
But you and I don’t get to walk into his jail and slap him in his face.
you and I don’t get to grab his arm and scream, “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING MAN??”
As is the case so often with these kind of stories, the public rarely gets to hear any inside information about the motives behind the crime.
Remember the Colorado movie theater bombing? The authorities have likely interviewed that Joker nut-job a thousand times but we don’t get to hear what they found out……
I want closure….is that wrong?
Imagine you’ve been dating a guy for 6 months and all of a sudden he won’t return your calls. You’ve hooked up with him but now he breaks up with you and he won’t give you the decent courtesy of an explanation.
That’s what these News stories are like….we start dating the story and then the story moves to Guam and forgets to leave us a breakup letter. We’re left holding the key to an empty apartment.
This isn’t just an American problem…..the news cycle is the same in Europe as well….the media connects you with a story like the Cyprus financial problem, and once they’ve got you connected to the story they pull the carpet out from underneath you and now they are reporting on Princess Kate’s raised eyebrows which are totally to die for……….yes; I actually read a story this past week about women in Europe who are getting plastic surgery on their eyebrows to mimic Kate’s look.
So what does all this mean?
I think you know what I’m thinking……
It’s time for another cup of coffee, I’m thinking something from Peru this morning…..
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