Saturday, November 22, 2014

World news business patiently waits for riots to break out in Ferguson

Not only is Ferguson Mo. jam-packed with satellite trucks from every serious news organization in the world, but the new media and the citizen journalists are there in their multitudes too.

That's a lot of folks who will be very disappointed if there is no rioting in Ferguson after the grand jury decision is announced.

Which raises an interesting question; to what extent will the reaction to that announcement have been shaped by all that media attention?

It's the Heisenberg effect writ large.

It's also the last act in the transmogrification of a profound social justice issue into sheer media spectacle.

Or for lack of a better word; "entertainment."

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