Myopic media and myopic reactions...  

Bobbingjoy 59F
213 posts
8/20/2006 10:04 am

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Myopic media and myopic reactions...

In a listgroup, I posted what I quote below. I certainly didn't think I'd get incredulous, defensive reactions, counter reactions, and more. One American even stated she felt it was a personal attack, my original post.

I certainly welcome comments, PLEASE!

"I've been reading our Canadian newspapers and watching the CBC NewsNet and BBC-World channels, following most reports on the International AIDS Conference over the past 10 days. Of course I expected much Canadian media coverage on the conference, since Stephen Lewis, the UN special envoy for AIDS, is an outspoken Canadian, the conference venue has been Toronto, and conference organisors and hosts are Canadian. (BBC World has always, IMHO, been great at covering significant events.)

What occured to me late last night, as I flipped between watching CBC NewsNet and CNN, was the curiously constant CNN broadcasts, almost 24 hrs/day over several days now, about the detained, self-confessed killer of a child-star over 10 years ago. Even when there's no real news, CNN kept it's focus on that character, the victim, and anyone or anything even distantly connected to the sensational case!

I've also flipped onto ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS news hours. They too have focused on that case.

Meanwhile, there's been nary a mention about the huge International AIDS Conference, right next door to most American TV broadcasting headquarters, just some 800 miles north of New York City!

I now don't wonder at Americans' international reputation for their myopic viewpoints. Sadly."


rm_connor696 60M
834 posts
8/20/2006 10:43 am

Ah, but AIDS victms are so "ugly"--they begin as faggots, addicts, pervs, or third-world detritus and end up as oozing, pus-ridden wraiths. Look away, look away! Whereas JonBennet managed to be pure, innocent, and young yet simultaneously sexy and provocative--and rich: everything America loves. She must have made a beautiful corpse.

But where to lay the blame? The media? Madison Avenue and the marketing powerhouses? Education? Poltical demagogues who focus on idiotic issues like gay marriage or Terri Schiavo instead of meaningful legislation? Oh, I suppose there is enough blame to go around . . .

Me, I'd immigrate to Quebec in a heartbeat if it weren't so friggin' and unrelievedly cold!

Bobbingjoy replies on 8/21/2006 7:21 am:
Thanks muchly for responding.

The blame? irresponsible, ill-balanced mainstream media! Freedom of expression, I fear, has run amok.

Yeah, pandemic illness and death is ugly. So too, I imagine, was the mangled body of little JonBenet... but I doubt the media will ever show those photos, prefering to keep re-running those costumed ever so prettily dancing photos.

And did any notice the latest tsunami hitting Indonesia, as opposed to the endless Hezbollah - Israeli bombings during the past month?

Joy (less)

Bobbingjoy replies on 8/21/2006 7:57 am:
Oops, forgot to add...

Québec, while can get super frozen, at least has the saving grace of having the francophonie attitude of joie de vie! You should see some areas in other provinces... or then again, maybe not...


rm_pagan380 64M
4405 posts
8/20/2006 12:17 pm

Don't let the news taint your view of American values. TV news disgusts even us. I refuse to watch that media circus at all.

Come play naked in the sunshine and dance naked under the stars.


Bobbingjoy replies on 8/21/2006 7:30 am:
Naa, Truly,
It's the choice of myopic focus by broadcasters like CNN I'm ranting about, not the general American values.

Actually, I'm quite aware of many American groups who are at odds with stuff broadcasted, nevermind the current American leadership. And I equally take issue with the current Canadian leadership as they meekly follow along.

Besides, some of my best friends are American...


chef953 63M

8/21/2006 10:47 am

Three years ago as I was stopping the watching of TV Programming, (heavy emphasis on Programming) as an american media watcher it had truly becoming mostly pointing to things and issues and views and statements that were easily controllable. For a host of reasons, be it wars or social agenda or simply checkout stand sensationalism -- OJ, Princess Di, JonBonet, Michael Jackson, and etc. I find the things most worth viewing rarely or it would seem truly never reviewed, debated or analyzed with any genuine insight.

But, that's entertainment.

Bobbingjoy replies on 8/24/2006 9:51 pm:
You're so correct: I keep forgetting that "news" is also sensationalistic entertainment. Shows to go what types of "news" entertains far too many, even the likes of hosts like Anderson Cooper!
But then again, I adore laughing along with Jon Daily on the Comedy Channel.


rm_Benkai7 55M
2358 posts
8/23/2006 5:55 am

Dear "Bobbingjoy".

... "News" want to be sold ... people want to earn money with it ...

With news about AIDS/HIV ... you will only be able to earn money by having a cure or by organising charity parties and funds ...

But how AIDS/HIV came up and spread all over the world like it did ... "they" don愒 tell ... To my opinion this disease cannot be as old as humans are ... otherwise we all were immune or dead ... "officially" discovered in the 80愀 and maybe created per accident in the early 60`s ...


Bobbingjoy replies on 8/24/2006 10:58 pm:
Aah, Benkai,
Actually, before I wrote the above quote, I had watched a (Canadian) CBC NewsNet broadcast on the origins of SIV/HIV/AIDS, and made daily efforts to read our newspaper focus articles.

Kind of long, but I found the revelations fascinating. (OK, so I'm weird that way.)

Apparently, there's no controversy about the actual tracing of SIV, the precursor to HIV, to chimpanzees in Africa. In the early 1960's, Rheisis monkeys' organs were used to generate original strains of anti-polio vaccines in highly controlled and sterile laboratories in Europe.

The controversy was over the duplication of the vaccines for Africans (as opposed to Europeans and North Americans), which was shown to be undertaken as cheaply as possible using the organs of chimpanzees (genetically closer to humans, larger organs, higher population, and more friendly and controllable). Many of those chimpanzees carried SIV, so transference of SIV occured when millions of polio innoculations were done all over Africa, as well as,somewhat later, south-east Asia.

By the late 1970's, the contamination of SIV in the anti-polio vaccines became apparent when HIV/AIDS began appearing in large numbers of Africans, and then among south-east Asians. Massive deaths in African women as well as men were thought to be some vague, wasting disease attributed to dirty water or some other reason.

Once a noticeable number of homosexual men in the West were found to have the same "wasting disease" in the early '80's, research began... and then only slowly, since society condemned the victims for their lifestyle choices. Only when teinted blood scandals occured as more hemophiliacs became infected did general society recognise that HIV for what it really is.

No, HIV/AIDS is definitely not a sensational money earner these days, but, IMHO, neither should be the continuing details of Karr's confessions.

(Sorry for the length. You caught me on a subject of obvious interest to me.)


rm_Benkai7 55M
2358 posts
8/25/2006 1:51 am

Dear "Bobbingjoy"

There is another possible "source" I have in mind ... the malaria research ... some of the antiserums in the beginning were derived from chimpanzee愀 blood ... and if you compare where the centers of malaria research in Africa and Asia are, you`ll find there as well that AIDS/HIV spread from there in Africa and Asia ...

The apex of malaria research was in the early 60's, and as far as I remember some of the leading scientists in the 90's said that the AIDS/HIV virus needed about 30 years to spread as far as it has come.

If you look at the spreading points out of Africa and Asia, for example in the USA ... you惻l find maximum security prisons and other security prisons in those areas, where AIDS/HIV seems to have started to spread all over the country ... Long term prisoners and high sentenced prisoners, even those under a death penalty, could get a reduction or have their sentence converted by participating in medical, chemical and biological experiments ...


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