Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Scare Tactics

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/21/wmd.threat/index.html

I was on CNN.com today reading an article about WMD's. Now the prevailing thery is thay within 10 years, someone is going to use a WMD somewhere in the world. My first thought was, "Well duh!" In this nuclear age, I'm sure some overlord is going to pop off a megamissle to kill the masses. But these reports are becomming a little rediculous. It's almost like Nostradomus in the tabloids. The world was supposed to come to an end every year now since the 70's. Eventually Nostro has to be correct. Now, I guess the powers that be are saying within 10 years something will happen. That's a pretty large window of time to say "I told you so."

But on a different note, I'm not sure what all these reports are accomplishing. Is it just to keep WMD's in the forefront of everyones mind. A report yesterday said the US knew where Ossama was, but won't go get him until the terrorist regime is further weakened. Now is there a reason for telling us this? I don't think so. I don't want to know that we know where he is and are going to play with him until we feel like taking him out. I think what these reports are doing is putting the thoughts of WMD's and terrorists in the back of our minds furthereing our fears of the future and each other. We now wonder and wait until the ball drops. I don't understand the value of these reports. Unless we pull a Noah and build a gigantic fireproof arc, I'm going to try to live my life not worrying about the fateful day.

12 Comments:

Blogger ET said...

So I went to read the article on WMD's... and I have decided that once something is determined to be "newsworthy" it gets printed/published/aired/whatever with little regard for whether or not it is actually valuable information. Very rarely is something determined too taboo or too unvaluable to report on. Take for example another article on CNN today... Oprah is denied access to Hermes in Paris due to some publicity event. Apparently, she was rebuffed twice, by a clerk and a manager. And my question is... why is this news? If it were anyone else (save the uber-famous), not only would it not make CNN's Entertainment Page, but Hermes would not issue a public apology. I love Oprah as much as the next person, but seriously, welcome to the real world. What possible value did this story contribute to CNN's audience at-large?

10:33 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Happy Underdog?? :)

10:33 AM  
Blogger The Underdog said...

Very Happy ET,

I saw that story on CNN at the gym today. I wondered the same thing. It's not like Oprah is never going to Paris again. Isn't there anything else to report. I think stories are reported just so they can justify haveing 24 hour news channels.

11:25 AM  
Blogger headliner said...

I know I’ve completely hijacked the original thread, but ya’ll gotta be careful talking about Oprah like that . I’m happy for the sister, she is doing her thing, but I’ve been nearly attacked by Oprahites for making comments about Oprah. All I said one time was that her show has changed from when it first started, now her core audience is middle-aged upper/middle-class white females. Nothing wrong with that, just what it is. These two college co-ed’s really got at me over saying that. I betcha if I were to say something negative about Oprah at the gym I go to I would be assaulted by ladies with balance balls and 5 pound weights. If I disappear one day you know what probably happened, I was running my mouth too much about Oprah and I was taken care of …….

12:47 PM  
Blogger ET said...

You are so right about having to be careful about what you say about Oprah. I will be the first to admit that if I'm home at 4pm... wait... it's 4:25 and I'm missing it... I watch Oprah. I was more commenting on her role as a star as opposed to anything about her or her character... I do agree that her audience has changed quite a bit. I was barely old enough to know who she was when she started out (if i was even alive), but she still has a very strong female African-American fan base.

2:27 PM  
Blogger lauren said...

wow, that article is nothing but scare tactics. Over-explained, over-simplified ideas repeated enough so any joe blow can quote the statistics and spread the fear. Of course we have a "high risk" of a WMD attack, just like we have a high risk of natural disasters, or global warming! Like you said, though, you can't live your life scared of what could happen. We just need to take positive actions to improve our chances and be prepared if something does happen.
I did go back and read about the survey from Lugar's site, and it does seem to have good intentions...interviewing feild experts about the severity of our situation couldn't be a bad thing.

2:35 PM  
Blogger The Underdog said...

I hope the Oprahites aren't reading this...sorry ET. I agree that Oprah's show has changed quite a bit. She used to have shows about hard hitting topics. Spousal abuse, disease, etc. And of course shows with stars like Denzel, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, etc. Now it seems more focused on dieting, Hollywood, and what she can give away. She still has a few good topics like men on the downlow and other stuff, but it's not as much as before.

But i got to thinking. Oprah's show probably begot the crazy talk shows we have now. Back in the day, Oprah used to have all kinds of folks crying on her show. Then folks like Geraldo took it to that next level of having fights (anyone remember the clan fight when he got his nose broken?). Later came the Ricky Lakes, Jenny Jones and everyone's favorite talkshow host Jerry Springer (talk about rushing home to see a show). They are all spinoffs of the legend Oprah created. Of course they're no where near her orbit and won't ever be close. I'm like Dave Chapelle, Oprah could lock me down.

Lauren, I agree that the survey Lugar put out had good intentions. The media picked up on a few things and went with it...like normal. Can't always trust what they say.

6:02 PM  
Blogger headliner said...

I guess i'll comment on the original post for a seconds. I like the title, "High risk of WMD attack in decade". Yawn. Other high risk in the decade of more importance:
1) Bush appointing a super conservative supreme court justice to hang out with Scalia and Thomas (bad)
2) Dems running a better canidate than Kerry for President in 2008 (good)
3) The New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl (i'm all over this)

Oprah gonna get you man. I would be quite.

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