Archive for the ‘Michael Jackson’ Category
Kurt Nimmo / Infowars – July 11, 2009
It is an indication that we have nothing on the plebs of Rome — the death of the drug addict and seriously mentally ill and self-mutilating pop music idol Michael Jackson “received more coverage than the Iraq War, 9/11 and the global financial meltdown, last year’s Beijing Olympics, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Pope John Paul II and the Tsunami,” according to the Global Language Monitor.
“In the 72 hours after his death, the Jackson story generated twice as much web news as coalition troops entering Iraq did in the same period,” the Telegraph reports. “It has also become the ninth biggest story in global print media since the start of 2000, according to GLM.”
Bread and Circuses, Patrick Brantlinger writes in his book by the same name, have served as a narcotic for the masses throughout history. In our era the coliseum is electronic and the stupefying, mind-numbing narcotic is efficiently delivered. Television, what the novelist Harlan Ellison called “the glass teat,” distorts reality and shapes the priorities of the spectator public who are little different than Rome’s plebeian masses who partied as Visigoth invaders gathered at the gates.
“The meme ‘bread and circuses’ is almost, as Brantlinger discovers, worn out as a metaphor for television; it has become a truism, as Minow said, that TV is ‘an intellectual wasteland,’” writes Jonathan Wallace of the The Ethical Spectacle. “By contrast to the Roman Emperors, who could only offer their subjects 93 days a year of games, contemporary Americans watch four or five hours of television almost every day of the year. The narcotic effect of television is correspondingly much greater than that of Roman circuses.”
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