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On crap terrorists and over-hyped Media

What is that has changed in the last 10 years???

London has faced bombing campaigns before and we've never, EVER, had this much media fuss about the whole affair. Sure the IRA bombs "usually" made headline news but not always and they certainly didn't get the hyped up attention, press conferences, nervousness and worry that the current spat of bombings (or attempted bombings) are getting.

One of my collegues reckons it's because we have more media channels vying for our attention. News is their business and they want YOU to tune in and find out. The more sensation and paranoia they can breed the more chance it is that YOu will keep yourself glued to the media services.

Personally I think it's partially due to that and also partially due to the government WANTING us to be worried about those nasty terrorists. Fear works well in keeping the population docile and for people being less concerned about their freedoms and rights being taken away. Just look at what's been happening elsewhere in the world for evidence of this.

The bombings we're having at the moment are nothing compared to the campaigns we've faced in the past. But the media just keeps going on about it. An IRA attack would have made the news headlines, it wouldn't have hi-jacked every media outlet for the rest of the day!!!

These media reports are just going to make people more terrified whereas if we just had down to earth news report (bomb attack/bomb failed/blah blah blah) people would be a lot less scared about getting on the tube and going about their daily lives. At present most people I know aren't bothered, but then again most of my friends look beyond the media reports. I have overheard people in cafe's, etc, who are worried, who are looking at certain cultures/races with more suspicion and a degree of hate/fear. This is due to the MEDIA not the actual TERRORISM.

Now if/when terrorism takes on a different form (dirty bombs/biological attacks, etc) then it will start to deserve the attention the worlds media is giving it. At present it should be confined to the sensibilities of reporting that we had during the 30+ years of bombing campaigns we've had in my lifetime so far.

Until then attcks like today deserve to get the derision they deserve. Today attacks were either a complete and utter farce on the terrorists part (none of the explosions working, running around afterwards with wires protruding from their hoods, etc) or they were set-up by a mole/informer within their network (possibly the actual bomb-maker) for the police to catch a few of them red-handed and alive. Afterall the London tube this morning was having a larger number of shut-downs than usual and one theory is that the police knew todays attacks were going to happen, just not when.


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Jul. 21st, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
I was sitting down thinking exactly the same thing. I dont remember the eighties nineties or even seventies as a kid being any lighter than this. In fact I remember it completely the opposite. I suppose things do seem bigger when you are younger but nothing warrants this level of media hysteria. I am very disappointed in our media over this.

Jul. 21st, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC)
Blame The Americans
What you're seeing is an Americanization of the broadcast news. It's been like that over here for years. They say that part of it is feeding the beast, ie making sure the 24 hour news channels have something to air, but it's been like that as long as I can remember. In Louisiana, every hurricane was a killer hurricane waiting to happen. I remember watching the weather in Ireland and England and wondering where the hysteria was: in the US almost every weather forcast outlines how the weather will kill you.
Jul. 21st, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
As soon as today's coverage started, I was reminded of the Dork Tower cartoon with some guy in 1933 listening to Roosevelt's "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" speech on the left, and Matt terrified in 2001 on the right watching "The 24 hour Fear network!" on TV ("next up: 25 ways the terrorists might get YOU! But first, why are people so fearful these days? Our experts try to figure it out!")
Jul. 21st, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
LBC was immensely dull today, the whole afternoon's broadcast could be summed up as "something happened, we think it was a failed terrorist attack. The police have caught one of them"

There was no need for that to take 4 hours to come out, they could have stuck with the main program and then stopped when people knew something. It appears that "we don't know what's going on" counts as news these days.
Jul. 21st, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe if we'd had all the endless news channels during the main years of the IRA campaign it would have ended up like this.

Though on second thoughts...

Jul. 21st, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
Too much heat... not enough light...
Jul. 21st, 2005 11:27 pm (UTC)
The more fear that is spread the easier it is to kill liberty.

As said in SW EP3, 'So this is how Liberty dies.'

The majority will be cheering when the bring in ID cards, as liberty exits stage right.
Jul. 22nd, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
I'm not so sure...
news coverage on this one seemed a lto more subdued than the last synchronised attack, probably becasue there were no fatal casualties this time around (thank goodness), but a body count makes for more "exciteing " news.

I was a bit puzzled to find that regualr programming in teh evening seemed to putter along - nicely thank you very much - For instance Neighbours was still on when I arrived home uncommonly earlier than usual...
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