All Of These Distractions…

We live in an age of short attention spans.  That has amounted to good news for people like Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, whose brash rudeness and displays of contempt were forgotten once the events of 9/11 took place.  Short memories and limited recall have worked wonders for elected officials such as David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Elliot Spitzer and others who have managed to carve out very lucrative careers after finding their names in the news next to the word ‘scandal’.

That lack of focus isn’t working right now, people.  We’ve spent the past week caught up in bullcrap like Weinergate while the official paperwork is being submitted by governors across the country to eliminate unions’ collective bargaining rights.  As we’re caught up Googling dick pics, and wondering whether the Democrats will throw Weiner and his little weenie under the bus, plans are being crafted to scrap Medicare, place Social Security in the hands of Wall Street, distort what healthcare reform is all about and allow fracking which will make our drinking water unsafe while providing more millions for oil and gas companies.  In some areas, people are even being subjected to fake foreclosure notices that are sending them into a state of panic — and it’s reminding people that when banks and mega businesses focus on what they want, they often get it, even if it means tossing home owners out on the street to fend for themselves.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110609/us_yblog_thelookout/fake-foreclosure-notices-panic-some-detroit-residents

Wake the hell up, people!


I know this isn’t the 1960s when it was much more obvious for people to know when they were under siege; there was nothing like dogs and water hoses, blatant groping and sexual discrimination on the job and a televised war to make folks aware of all the ills that surrounded them.  Do we need to return to those days before people realise that we are not now, nor were we ever, in some kind of paradise?

It’s painful watching the news spew nonsense knowing that most of their audience will eat that spoon-fed crap up — all the while never questioning what they’re being told.  It’s all noise.  Distractions….and all of this extra bullshit is taking our focus away from the fact that inequities have grown larger, the gap between the haves and the have nots has grown wider, and many are being dumbed down into acting against their own interests.

Oh Lawd…all of these distractions are exhausting…and in the meantime, we as a nation, are accomplishing nothing.


Comments

  1. JustMsMia says:

    This is the age of "Instant everything." A lot of People who think they are multi-taskers are really unable to focus on one thing at a time, to their (and our) detriment. Infamy, scandal, negative attention, all these are on the table when it comes to gaining fame, followers and often fortune via today's multiple media formats. Sound bites and news tickers are where many gain their information without bothering to parse or analyze what they hear or see. So BD you wonder why people are so easily distracted? We live in a world that is designed to keep them focusing on the next thing coming at them. I'm telling you the masses are becoming "Sheeple" or "Sheep People" Following blindly without sustained thought or question.
    Truly sad. We need a shift, a new zeitgeist. Some'n!

  2. The Brooklyn Dame says:

    When I think of multi-tasking I think of the old saying "Jack of all trades, master of none". It's impossible to focus on EVERYTHING and be great at all of it.

    I know I must sound like an old Public Enemy record but fighting the power takes focus. Getting distracted is causing us to move backwards because every time we take our eyes off the prize, the very thing we were aiming for is snatched away. People who have made it their primary goal to take from the many and hand it over to the few know that all it takes is a little bit of scandal, sex and even religion to take us away from what is truly important.

  3. Anonymous says:

    The reason why I cant read anything about politics these days is because it makes me want to fight some stupid ass teabagger, if I see someone drinking tea I want to kick their ass. I read your blog and I clicked the link I really dont think Americans are paying attention that includes me, who has not paid enough attention and that is mostly because it is depressing. Americans are being swindled and no one is looking out for the middle or working class at all. Its really sad to me that there is still very little if any regulation on wall street and republicans are at war against Americans.

  4. The Brooklyn Dame says:

    You're right…it is depressing. The problem with letting it get us down is that the opposition knows that if they can wear us out with distractions and things that will depress us, they can take away our power and then run all over us. *Sigh*

  5. Mosaicmuse says:

    I know this isn't the 1960s when it was much more obvious for people to know when they were under siege; there was nothing like dogs and water hoses, blatant groping and sexual discrimination on the job and a televised war to make folks aware of all the ills that surrounded them. Do we need to return to those days before people realise that we are not now, nor were we ever, in some kind of paradise?

    Yep, that's what's needed right now…sad but true.

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