Part one of this essay, posted as a blog on 5/14/15, described the two main ways in which the media continually re-invigorates the myth of American innocence: fearful images (the shock) and reassuring messages (the awe). Together they contribute to a crazy-making, daily condition of simultaneous denial and distrust they we have long taken for granted.
Even before I was able to post Part Two (on 5/20), we heard of a new, but oddly familiar, news event that exemplified my thoughts. The…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on May 20, 2015 at 3:04pm — No Comments
Shock and Awe: Re-invigorating the Myth of American Innocence
“Shock and awe” is a military doctrine that teaches how to quickly master events on the ground, to “…seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary’s perceptions and understanding of events that the enemy would be incapable of resistance…” We first heard the phrase in March 2003, when the U.S. struck Iraq from the air with such overwhelming force…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on May 14, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments
Question: What’s the difference between ignorance and apathy?
Answer: I don’t know and I don’t care!
I’ve posted several essays on white privilege recently, and the events in Baltimore have highlighted the issue — once again. Writers like me feel that we have to keep speaking out about it for just that reason. The media take notice of the vast suffering in the country only when people of color display their anger, when they insist that white America cannot…Continue
Added by Barry Spector on May 7, 2015 at 4:12pm — No Comments