Do you really believe the volume of crime that the US experiences currently
existed here since this country's inception? And that media broadcasting the
various crimes is the only difference between the different historical eras
of the US as regards crime????
Where in the history of this country did high schoolers blast away at their
schoolmates & teachers? Where in the history of the US did workers take
rifles/revolvers/etc. into work and slay a couple of dozen former
co-workers? When were leaders of various liberal movements slain/asassinated
in this country like the past 40 years? When did blacks in the cities shoot
each other dead EVERY SINGLE DAY?
I rest my case.
----- Original Message -----
From: "joe rut"
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 8:05 PM
Subject: Re: crappy music of the masses
Ironically, the "all encompassing mass media" is responsible for your sense
that US society is significantly more violent now than in some mythical good
days. The tabloidization of the news media and the focus on horrible crimes
as the main stories of the day creates an impression that these horrible
are happening by the thousands, when in fact they are not the norm. There
existed then and there exist now many places in the US where I would feel
commfortable hitch-hiking, and many place where you could not PAY me to
Violence in the US (and the world) DID always exist. While crime and
violence rates ebb and flow, changes in the reporting style of the media
(what those in
power decide is newsworthy) have drastically changed peoples perceptions of
how safe they are, regardless of what the current statistics might tell
Paul Richard Wrote:
> It happened before rap music. But did the violent society that
> exists in the US occur before mass media became all encompassing?
> You must be a young dude. I can remember when it was safe to
> hitchhike most anywhere. I can remember when chicks didn't have any
> qualms about getting in a stranger's car (and I'm not talking about
> hookers as is probably you're normal dating scheme). The violent
> scene in the US didn't always exist, dude.
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