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October 02, 2008

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Scott

Because sebastian, America is obsessed with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Why? To stop terrorism. Halt dictatorships like Saddam Hussein's. The real answer is more simply and only one word. Oil.
America would not benefit from a conflict like this in a country with only little oil. But with the Middle East? They'll take all the oil fields from the region, sucking the land dry, to improve their ecomony and leave these poor countries ripped apart by conflict no means to imporve their own economies.
I have no problems with the american people, but that you could actually elect a government that could do such a thing, it sickens me.

sebastian

Mike had the same thoughts as me..."how come in north america we dont hear about this conflict but only about the war in Iraq?".

Ben

To put it bluntly the media are just douchebags, to be honest me and the rest of the world don`t really care if some blonde bimbo has shaved her hair off.
What's really pissing me off is the media constantly talking about the financial market and how we`re headed towards the collapse of the financial market but it wouldn't be this bad if the goddamn tv stations were`nt scaremongering.
Sorry for going off topic but this just reminded me how (for the most part) the media are turning into some kind of gossip magazine. Just read through what i`ve wrote and i`m all over the place with my subjects but im just tired, hopefully you guys get what I mean.

Issac Silverberg

The problem is that for every Mike, Sensical, Orderly, Issac, et cetera, there are so many who believe that "Ignorance is bliss," or "What you don't know can't hurt you." They would rather ignore the world that exists outside of their bubble. They don't have the strength to face the truth. As such, a market exists for "news" about the trival matters of stars and celebrities. Some of these celebrities have the good sense to use the attention paid to them to raise awareness about real-world issues, but unfortunately plenty pretend to do this only because they want more attention for themselves.

Sensical

That is indeed horrific. Placed in such stark contrast, a self-absorbed cirque du media -- apathetic to (or overwhelmed by) real-world terrors nightmarishly populating the mornings, noons, and nights of too many African nations -- is doing well to serve as the new "opiate of the masses," never mind religion. I'm not going to pretend that I've cemented any the-media-is-evil arguments in my mind, but your example is indeed enlightening (even though "enlightening" renders itself a misnomer when placed in proximity to the problem).

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