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杀人放火金腰带 修桥铺路无尸骸 March 2, 2006

Posted by The Truth in Im Allgemeinen.
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I’ve discovered something disturbing of late. In case you don’t understand today’s topic, translated into this wonderful language known as English, means, broadly:

One gains notoriety and fame by committing the most heinous of crimes. Work hard (as everyone does), find a good job and all, but who’s gonna remember you when you die?

It seems that the media today seems to be achieving just that effect. It’s much harder to become famous through scientific breakthroughs, winning a Nobel Prize (who knows last year’s laureates, anyway?) or maybe making miracles happen than by perhaps trafficking in drugs or perhaps shooting someone dead and then going on the run. In fact, committing a huge crime and then going on the run, or getting some other government (or perhaps Amnesty International) to stage protests and nightly vigils for your cause seems to be a faster way to get your face on the headlines of tomorrow’s newspapers than any other course of action you may choose.

I just began to wonder why. Assuming that the media is purely neutral in this, and that they are only satiating the needs of the public, then the question now is, what draws the crowds to follow murders/armed robberies/drug traffickers/serial rape/the second Gulf War/a heptagenarian who insults his neighbours with the fervour as if it was their favourite Korean telly drama?

Maybe it’s more engaging than your average drama, but please let us be realistic. This guy is going to be punished when he gets apprehended. Maybe he’ll get a date with the noose soon. And no one wants to die, right? Maybe everyone, deep down, has a thirst to see justice exacted upon whoever has committed such a heinous crime. They know the murderer is going to get hanged anyway, and yet they hang on until the very last moment when the judge passes the verdict and sentences the accused, perhaps just so that they can relish the moment, revel in the marvellous knowledge that dinner justice is served and that the poor fucker is going to meet his maker prematurely anyway.

What a sadistic, horrifying analysis of the human psyche, but maybe it exists. Comment?

Even minor crimes or lawsuits get their share of the newspaper space these days. Perhaps people are interested in them because it rouses some warped kind of Schadenfreude within them. They’re inwardly gloating at the fool who took his neighbours to court but got slapped with a fine instead. I don’t know why they even bother, because it’s totally unnecessary. Some even appear again and again in court, like our friendly heptagenarian mentioned above, just to garner attention for himself. It’s absurd, how people crave attention and the perverse methods by which they intend to get it.

However, this isn’t an excuse for everyone to run outside and murder someone or throw a Molotov cocktail at a petrol station, so i strongly recommend that you retards don’t. Because there are so many ordinary people out there who work normal 8-to-5 jobs, who dream of becoming famous but die anonymous. That accounts for about 99% of everyone out there (the remaining 1% are made up of geniuses and psychotics.) Perhaps that’s why everyone reacts to breaking news of serious crimes like how bees react around honey. It is, in a warped sense, fulfilment of everything they wanted to be, but could never achieve. Here are people who said, ‘fuck the system, fuck your laws, we’re doing what we want’ and perhaps it’s that very idea that stirs something familiar, yet forgotten, within them.

Or perhaps it makes people feel superior to those who have breached the law, in that they have more common sense not to breach it. Oh well, whatever floats their Titanic. (This mentality is going nowhere but to Hell, i suppose….)

Whatever it is, the media ain’t dumb, and they’ve picked up on it. They milk these stories for what they’re worth, which is really a hell lot. I was talking to yang wee, eng chok, wai chong and yongkang about how the guy who shot this nightclub owner 5 times in the chest has finally been apprehended when it struck me about how the media provides almost total coverage for serious crimes. As yang wee put it:

‘杀人放火金腰带 修桥铺路无尸骸…’

It’s always easier getting known for the wrong things. And, in retrospect, it isn’t just happening today. It’s happened since the beginning of time. From your adulterous woman in rural China (who were killed by being sealed in a basket and then thrown into a river) or from the times of the Inquisition, where the trials and subsquent burnings of ‘heretics‘ were public scenes. It’s just that communications just became a gazillion times more efficient, but essentially, human nature has not changed in this aspect. The need to feel righteous, the need to feel satisfaction at one’s punishment for a crime – do you think we’re more civilised than the philistines of a long-forgotten age? Maybe we hide our emotions more effectively.

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