Tuesday, June 14, 2005


I am disgusted with cable "news," but watch it because being disgusted with cable "news" gives me pleasure in the same way that painful play with a loose tooth was pleasurable as a child.

The Aruba Woman

It's a tragedy beyond imagining for the family and for her community and perhaps for the locals who don't want this kind of shit to happen in their neighborhood any more than we want it. But this is not national news! This does not rise to the level of importance that we need "experts" to tell us what is going on. Nobody knows what happened yet! Stop speculating! Every time I turn on the tube there's "breaking news" in this case--today the "breaking news" was that police had cordoned off a swamp to search it.

This is just the latest in a series of distractions the big media corporations have found to keep us from paying attention to major world events. As we worry about damsels in distress we don't pay attention to potential economic catastrophe, environmental crises, and corrupt politicians.

Sure it's awful that a young high school graduate has disappeared, but more important things are happening, and passing virtually without the comment and analysis devoted to such important topics as kleptomaniacs who flee their redneck fiances.

There's a lot of debate about whether or not bloggers are journalists--all I know is there's little journalism anywhere else these days.