As noted here, here, and here, our society is exploiting children, and the American media is so far beyond objectivity, that it is wholly complicit in Miltary Psychological Operations disinformation campaign/s at all points, and NO MEDIA is objective.
Exemplar: Threatened childrenAlthough he does not use the precise term, Best’s (1990) analysis of the missing children issue is effectively a case study of a moral panic. A national campaign about missing children was boosted by the stranger abduction and murder in Florida in 1981 of Adam Walsh, whose parents became prominent activists. This claimed that 1.5 million children vanished, disappeared or were abducted each year in the USA.Two federal laws set up first (1982) a national system for recording missing persons then (1984) a National Center for Missing& Exploited Children. However, from 1985 onwards, attention to the issue declined, as the media attacked the credibility of excessive claims.Best stresses first the activities of claims makers and their rhetorical strategies; second, the role played by public opinion; and three, why this issue was so salient. The strategic groups of claims makers were fourfold: the medical professions; social activists, from feminists to the New Right; grass-roots organisations; and official agencies, local and federal. The media – ‘secondary’ claims makers – seized upon the novelty and drama of the issue. The effects were to privilege accounts from official sources, dramatise specific cases, pathologise and individualise the problem, and suppress argument about the issue or the media’s role in it.”
In wartime, children in other countries are bombed daily, dusted with depleted uranium, born without homes, or fathers due to internationally condoned but still illegal mass-homicide, and targeted via unmanned drones that blow up entire families. This, to ‘stop them over there before they come here,” after selling their one or two tin pots, and trading their camel for a plane ticket to New York or something.
In the case of Iraq and Afghanistan, beyond being murdered wholesale, young boys were raped, and otherwise violated by American troops bent on waging a psychological terror campaign: yeah, yeah–we know– ‘just following orders,” and “just doing my job.” Yup, got it. You do that to save them from this, right? Meanwhile, you turn their women into western schills and harlots for capitalist agendas–like, um…more war.
Meanwhile, as our society and others allied in the purpose do this to ‘the children,’ they also exploit the anxiety of their own citizens, and use social and moral panics to distract the attention away from these illegal activities, enlisting the citizens of those nations into willing complicity of these activities.
And, the threat to keep silent about these activities is now, as we know, what The NSA et al are doing: mass surveillance that serves as potential blackmail by western governments–to be used against dissenters, and anyone else who challenges the Military Industrial Complex, and its reach and power is given to associated law enfarcers in the local communities(even though police are feeling the pinch now that everyone knows what I knew in 2003)
Meanwhile war-porn in the form of ‘snuff films’ are willingly distributed by various media to American citizens, and other western societies
“The emphasis on “snuff” is interesting (later, of course, snuff videos — in the form of hostages being executed by terrorists, or military facilities being destroyed from the air, or Saddam Hussein being hanged — would become more or less compulsory viewing for the virtuous citizen), because it’s an emphasis, again, on the power of a particular medium to represent reality at a particular time.
To represent reality, and to kill, are the prerogatives of the state, but video technology threatened — briefly — to usurp that power and distribute it to individuals. But this power to represent could only exist while the medium was strong and central and paradigmatic. The moment video was seen as something tricksy and marginal, this power — this link between the collective unconscious and a particular medium — was lost.” http://imomus.livejournal.com/423638.html
So, while most labor under the illusion that we are creating “more freedom,” the reality is as it has always been: that freedom is enjoyed by only a few, and the middle classes that are created through these propaganda campaigns–the willing participants in wholesale murder.
- Moral Panics and Folk Devils (missmontague.wordpress.com)
- Moral panics – presumptions and stereotypes (c4mc105.wordpress.com)
- Prohibition, Moral Panics, and Social Control (everydaysociologyblog.com)
- Moral panics & the threat to freedom (stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com)
- Moral crusades, panic, and the white girl as victim: building a police state, on background (viviccf.wordpress.com)
- Leave A Light On For Jacob Wetterling, Missing Children (minnesota.cbslocal.com)
- A moral panic over celibacy (wired.com)
- Today In Moral Panics (lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com)
- It’s the spies, not the leaks, that threaten our security | Seumas Milne (theguardian.com)