A Snippet: How Media’s Construction of Fear and Rage Creates Our Life-Myth

Poverty is pulling the Trigger

Fearing People are Never Free

We want truth.
The truth scares us, generates fear.
So we create a life-myth that is perpetuated by fear and rage.
Those that challenge the myth are called out as dangerous.
Myth reinforced.

General Example:

Just scroll through CNN or Fox News or just about any news media outlet in the U.S. There you see it, fear and rage. What is missing? Actual facts of the event. Just enough information is given to keep us all in a state of emotional chaos.

Even the “good” media outlets like the Washington Post and New York Times are tightly controlled by gatekeepers of this myth. We see almost nothing of the real world. Big social media platforms, often quoted by these “creditable” news outlets, spread fake news or fear and rage that is often absent of factual information. The war on “fake news” may actually be a war on real facts. Have you been following the kids in red hats and the Native American story? What’s the truth? How many assumptions do we make? Are we a free people?

Outrage first, death threats second, actual facts may never happen.

Specific Example:

I looked at CNN a few months ago and scrolled down. There were three “mass” shooting stories (not all were actually mass shootings), then just underneath was an advertisement for a horror film. The woman actor was covered in blood!

Is anyone actually seeing this?

What Really Matters:

In sum, whether you believe in God or a spiritual being, we cannot know ourselves or a higher power if fear keeps us in a constant state of fight or flight. We cannot be happy. We can only be in emotional and psychological slavery.

Author: dropoutprofessor

A professor of English and Social Sciences that enjoys writing. Hope you enjoy my posts. All published work on this blog is my own. Pictures are used under license from Depositphotos.com or Shutterstock.com, unless otherwise noted.

2 thoughts on “A Snippet: How Media’s Construction of Fear and Rage Creates Our Life-Myth”

  1. So true, Professor, so very much so. The Catholic teen in a MAGA hat may, according to some accounts, including his own, have been trying to diffuse a tense situation. We believe what we see, hence the cliche, “Seeing is believing.” Moreover, I watch cable news and can’t believe the number of commercials for chemotherapy drugs. Cancer is everywhere on TV. Yes, it’s a real and horrible disease. I know: I’ve lost many loved ones to it. I even fear it at times. But why all the attention on it? Simple fear-mongering, that’s why.

    With regard to the mass shootings story and horror film ad, I pointed out to several people, way back when, that the shooter in the Colorado movie theater, where people were watching the latest Batman movie, was dressed like the Joker, that the very movie the shooting victims were watching was very violent. No one got the connection. Our culture is steeped in violence. We would rather show someone shooting his wife in the head on a TV crime drama than making love to her.

    So thank you, Professor, for having the courage to stand up and speak out.

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