Tagged: news

On Our Love for Weeping and Wailing (updated)

If you have seen any news coverage of the Sri Lankan bombings, whether on the internet, in a newspaper, or on television, you have no doubt seen many images of random strangers wailing uncontrollably. This is the most popular and pervasive sort of imagery in these cases, because it responds to an instinctive weakness in the human soul that has been heightened, normalized,...

The National News Fetish: Mass Murder Edition

A lunatic shot a bunch of people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. This is horrible. It is sad for the families and friends. It is another instantiation of the increasingly typical mindlessness of modern society. And if we were writing an essay on the increasingly typical mindlessness of modern society, it would be a useful example.  But is it news? I mean national news...

“The News” and Mass Murder

A dead soul makes a desperate lunge for the nihilist’s meaning-substitute, notoriety, by killing people in the hope of becoming infamous. The media grants the dead soul’s wish, sensationalizing his act as though it were Significant. Other dead souls get the idea: “I could go out in a blaze of glory, too.” Question: Does the media desire this result? Or do they merely...