Today I was reading in my New York Times, and the front article was dealing with the Afghanistan and Lashkar Gah, coined “Little America” because of the American presecene since the Cold War. I was reading, and found myself saddened by the results of the last five years there:
- A marked increase in assisnations from the Taliban in the Halmud provence
- …and this little stat as well “…Led by a 160 percent increase in Helmand’s opium crop this year, Afghanistan’s overall production grew by 50 percent to a record 6,100 metric tons, United Nations officials said Saturday. Afghanistan now produces 92 percent of the world’s supply of opium poppy, the basis for heroin”
And yet, when one goes to the Yahoo! Buzz Index, the top three searches have to with Steve Irwin passing away (understadably). But when one then looks at what has sustained the highest amount of time on the top 20 list, the WWE leads the way, with RuneScape, Shakira, and Paris Hilton rounding out the 120 day pack. And yet, when was the last time Afghanistan recieved significant time on the news? 2001? I blame this on sexiness.
This may be a bold statement, but I find it maybe to the most true: everything that is placed in front of the American people is placed there when it its most sexy. If it’s something that will raise arousal, then it’s on the news. Hence why the media will draw people to Yahoo! hot women and video games.
Anyway, I’ll continue to write more at some point, but I want all of you to watch this video. Done in 2004, Jon Stewart was on Crossfire, and spoke his heart – and wasn’t sexy, but was honest. This is the media. This is what angers me. And this “theatre” is what helps us forget that there’s opium in Afghanistan, IEDs in Iraq, and dare I mention Darfur, Lebanon, and even our own country. Enjoy.