Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Have you figured out the secret of massive tragedies yet?

Spoiler alert: no one gives a shit about them unless they know the people involved personally. Otherwise the primary concern most people have is figuring out how to frame them, and what narrative to go with them. It's practically by necessity, since by the time we hear about the tragedy, the actual event is typically over. But everyone pretends that it's a really moving experience for them. Some people really are emotional and get worked up about the tragedy, but you'll notice most of those people tend to sob at sad movies too.

3 comments:

Jakeithus said...

You're right, people don't really care, unless it can further some goal that does influence their situation directly. In my own life, I can only think of one time when Ive felt emotionally moved by this type of attack and that was when the Canadian Parliament buildings were attacked. The reason it was different is because I was working for a politician at the time and the threat of violence (although incredibly remote) felt much more real to me.

In general, this is the new normal and people will adapt. An attack will happen, gun control will be brought up, Islam will not be brought up, social media will be full of virtue signalling for a day and everyone will move on with their lives. As an observer things will get interesting once it stops following this formula; who knows how long that will be however.

Crude said...

In general, this is the new normal and people will adapt. An attack will happen, gun control will be brought up, Islam will not be brought up

This, I wonder about. In fact, I think the new normal may well be 'Islam IS brought up'.

I notice that this time around, the fighting between left and right is really fierce. More about that in a moment.

Jakeithus said...

Perhaps you're right. I think the left is fighting like crazy this time to keep the conversation from being about Islam; I'm not sure they're succeeding as much as in times past. It's a weak spot for their side.

If that changes it could mean big things for how we respond to these types of events.