Monday, April 15, 2013

(Don't Drink)The Ripple Effect of Modern Media and The Internet

There are 7 billion people on the planet earth. I don't have time to count them, so I will assume that the people who did are doing a fine job. I know what 70,000 people look like on TV. I have seen 7,000 people first hand at a concert. But I can only imagine what 7 billion people look like. The point I am making is that there are a lot of people on earth. And the reason I am stating this fact is because most people cannot actually conceive 7 billion people in their mind. Because 7 billion is a frikken GYNORMOUS number!  Right?


Now, any time there are a large group of people gathered in one place, a very small percent turn out to be evil little greedy selfish crooks and theives. I don't know why, either, but it remains a fact. Every city has gang problems. Every small town has its hoodlums. Every nation has politicians. But it is always a small percent of the population. And usually the majority of a population must coexists with this minority. Which means there are more good people than bad people.

With the above mentioned, here is my theory on how the ripple effect of modern media and the internet work:
 We are all basically looking through the glass eye of the media via cell phone, TV, or computer. And I am not sure if you fully understand what this means. If you don't know, it means we are all subject to the same published opinion within a matter of minutes. There has never been a time in history when everybody was on the same page. And now we are. That time is now. There is a relatively small group of people always publishing horrible tragedies, murder, rape, war and crime. Consistently. They make a living at it. They get paychecks for it. We call them the news. The people that write their checks lie hidden somewhere out of the picture. They hire the news to find and print god awful tragedies. And a very large group of people read it everyday. And much like a giant rock thrown into a pond, the news ripples out through the people. Us. Me and you. The only difference between now and say, 50 years ago, is that THE WHOLE WORLD IS CONNECTED ON THE INTERNET, now. Which means this rippling effect is more like a giant asteroid hitting the ocean. The more people involved; the bigger the rippling effect. And if you know that ahead of time, you can bet on the fact that every horrible news story is going to have a long and drawn out rippling effect. We are still discovering that it is very easy to control people with fear.
911 is a good example.
We are STILL reverberating in that particular rippling effect. The fear is overwhelming and has cost millions their lives. Since we can't predict horrible atrocities, it is impossible to prevent them all from happening. That will always be frustrating. We can't really be a hundred percent preventive. There will always be a few that slip through the cracks of preventive measure.
Instead of reacting like a typical Jerry Springer crowd, inciting irrational, emotional and contagious hysteria (which we know, inevitably, only benefits the war machine CEO's of the world), we can observe our free will.
Two words: Free will. Even the Bible guarantees us that. And I'm Buddhist. But I'll take it.
It's the one thing that reminds us we can think for ourselves. And when we do that, we realize much more than what is shoved in our face by the corporate controlled, algorithm enhanced media. The first thing we have to realize is that, like I mentioned earlier, the good out number the bad by a huge number on this earth. So the ripple effect actually has to be manipulated by this small group of people for it to seem so devastatingly large and lasting. There is a difference between reacting in anger and being inspired to defuse and fix problems created by a small group of selfish assholes.

The bombings on Monday April 15th in Boston, Afghanistan and Iraq will most likely be used to instigate a negative rippling the small group of greedy selfish WEALTHY control freaks of for financial gain.
Take time to consider what kind of  peaceful and loving world you want to live in and keep recreating that world in spite of these tragedies. This method is the reason why we are all here today. And it is a proven method we can always count on.

When we learn to mourn the dead of all nations, we will understand the true lines drawn between us around the world.

Your friendly cyberhood
Uncle Samurai

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