Re: Prayers for those in CT
First, thoughts and prayers for everyone touched by this senselessness. This happened about 75 miles east of me and I have some family very near there. So this 'is' close to home.
Broz mentioned it but there is more than prayer no longer allowed in the classroom. Responsibility is no longer taught nor is it expected by many. Today it's all about "me." I'm in my 50's. I have not heard about a civics class in school, at any level since some of the old timers talked about it years ago. Those old timers, WWII and Korea vets, are all gone now.
BigBuck mentioned movies and video games. All I want to know is HOW is the content of those images and depictions NOT having an effect on those who immerse themselves in World of Warcraft.
Now what I really wanted to say concerns the media. All of it. The 1st & 2nd amendments are unique in that they define rights that allow us to engage in an activity without interference from the government. At least that was the original intent. Here, we all should be familiar with the 2nd. Essentially, we the civic minded owners of arms know and understand the personal responsibility of ownership and use. And if one should act irresponsibly, one loses the right.
A client of mine who teaches psychology at an advanced level has referred to the media as "Social Terrorists." Here is her reasoning in a nutshell. Beginning immediately after 9/11, "the media beat the violence of the day and the wars in Iraq and Afganistan, to a froth." you couldn't turn on the Radio and particularly the TV without having every nuance of the day's events dissected repeatedly. She is convinced that a generation of kids, now adults or approaching adulthood, have been numbed into thinking this way of life is the norm. Remember world of warcraft earlier? They haven't been bombed or shot at but the pictures of such no longer have any shock factor hence the term, "Social Terrorists."
I don't know about other parts of the country but tonight, the news of the day was being reported, analyzed, editorialized, dissected, dramatic questions asked, dramatic questions asked as answers to the previous questions, all of the previous was constantly interrupted by some news 'flash' from the next somebody with something to say and then repeated. Some of what was reported earlier in the day has now been shown to be false. All manner of public figures have been interviewed with their take on how to prevent a future occurance. Some elected officials interviewed stated they had bills already prepared for introduction and it goes on and on.
Would someone please explain to me when and where responsible reporting of news starts and ends. And where irresponsible 'reporting' begins? They are apparently at liberty to report as they please with no fear of consequences. To me, this makes them the American Taliban. Their behavior and thinking is almost identical to the Afgan Taliban. Why are they not accountable for their capriciousness? As an individual, what would happen if one were to falsely yell fire in a public place? Where is that accountability for the media?
Len, I don't know if I've stretched the rules of LRH with my post tonight. If this post falls outside the rules, please remove it and accept my apology.