Is it Merely More Media? Or Is it Mirror?

There has been an ongoing debate for years now: has there always been this much violence, madness, abuse; have there been this many serial killers and child brutalizers and cruel fanatics, or is the internet and mass media everywhere just reporting more of what was already there?

I think one can argue that with world population over 7 billlion, heading for 9 billion people, this surging, stampeding crowd creating, like heat under a pot of water, a boiling of social norms–that much of this outlandish phenomena is indeed new.

Yes you can point to the horrors of history–but even if it’s the case that mass media is just exposing what was already there, is just holding up a mirror, then mass media, for better or worse, is helping us by showing us as we really are; as perhaps we’ve always been: a world of sleep-walking half-mad kneejerk-reactive emotionally volatile people; a lot of greedy children who never quite mature; neurologically primitive anthropoids with too many dangerous toys…

And maybe, seeing ourselves, we’ll look around in startlement, and find some remorse, and begin to mature after all…

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