The madness has arrived in earnest and I simply can’t wrap my head around it.
Earlier this week, a sociopath (who shall remain nameless) murdered in cold blood a beautiful young couple in Irvine, CA. The young man was the friend of a co-worker of mine who is understandably devastated. The sick f*%# who killed them is now being celebrated on numerous social media sites. Celebrated.
He published an online “Manifesto” that was simply too good for the media to ignore. Nevermind that it’s the ramblings of a sociopath, and has little to no social value: those who argue that he makes legitimate points need to step back and consider the source, a crazed madman who murdered two young people, and a police officer, in cowardly cold-blood…to me that negates any of his arguments.
There are reforms needed in institutions like LAPD without doubt, but for the media, and social media in particular to champion the thoughts of a man so clearly mentally ill, is beyond reprehensible in my mind. The ends DO NOT justify the means.
Also: I’m at work yesterday and read a tweet saying that this nutcase has sent a package to Anderson Cooper at CNN. FOR A SECOND, I naively thought that CNN might do the right thing and ignore this. Hahaha…what was I thinking…as I walked by a TV at work, there was Anderson showing a photo of the shot-through coin. Exactly what news value does this contain other than to garner ratings and fulfill the dark wishes and desires of a madman and encourage other weak and ill minds to follow suit?
And last night I’m driving home and the last bastion of common sense, local news radio, failed me. Yep, there it was, a 15 second promo promoting their “round the clock coverage” of the manhunt. The CBS affiliate was using this tragedy as a teaser. God help us all…I know this isn’t going to change, we’ve long since passed the point of outrage at this kind of “infotainment” but it still shocks me.
Ignorance truly is the most dangerous aspect of our society.