Is anyone else finding the lock-down in Boston bizarre? Bombs went off and people lost their lives and it’s horrible and terrifying and sad. This circus that has followed is in a way more horrible and terrifying and sad. Have we become people who applaud video game-styled tactical police, SWAT and FBI a thousand strong hunting down one man? People who watch news that is grossly designed to peddle drama and play on our fears? At around 11:30am, the media was showing live pictures of police standing on a street with some lights flashing. The reporter filled air time with such statements as, “I would say that they are really trying to catch this guy.” Are you fucking serious?
This hype is shameful. The non-news being fed to us is nothing more than a carrot being dangled in front of hungry consumers of instant information, even when that information is banal and redundant. It’s a show. It got 100 times worse when they got their hands on the uncle of the suspects. An open, shamed man was pelted with questions about ethnicity and family relationships. He was willing to talk and they took advantage of him. Just when I thought it surely must end, another question would come. Microphones were shoved in his face. Questions were being asked simultaneously as if he was on a firing line. His passionate defense was ignored to move onto the next question. Sound bites were instantly put into captions running below the ongoing frenzy. He was not treated as a proud American citizen. He was treated like an animal in a zoo. We, the curious onlookers.
Hate what happened in Boston, but as long as this pap of thousands of police vs. one suspect is aired hour after hour after hour and we give it our full attention, expect more disturbed individuals to want in on the show.