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~o~Life in a Glass House~o~

Donít throw stones. That was how the old saying went. One would assume this would be a fairly straightforward metaphor to understand, donít judge other people because they more than likely have equal reason to judge you. But recent events have lead me to believe that there is a deeper more sinister implication to this old quote.

I recently came across an interview with Thom Yorke where he said that a journalist had asked him if he was clinically depressed. Thom said yes because he didnít because he figured the journalist was expecting him to say yes and didnít want to bee disappointed. This particular action struck me as being very odd.

A few small paragraphs of research later, I came across the discovery that in certain places in the world (particularly England) the Tabloids have the power to not only dig up and publish dirty secrets on everyone they pleased, but could do so with such grim efficiency that the poor people they wrote about were unable to leave their homes without being spat upon, yelled at by strangers and sometimes worse. Itís very difficult for me to fully comprehend the full implications of this fact because I live in a place where the tabloids are taken about as seriously as the peopleís choice awards and that ainít much!

The more I think about it, however, the more it began to make absolute sense. I mean, what could more fun than a total media lynching? To put someone in the spotlight, make them beg for their lives and then slowly watch them choke to death? Metaphorically speaking of course. After all, what was the most watched TV series last season? Survivor. Itís not that different, the premise is still there. (in a much more tame american style) The idea is to isolate people, put them up on a giant pedestal and totally crush their spirits, one by one. Not only are they kicked off, but done so by each other. OOH, betrayal!

But then again, how much of this isnít to be expected. After all,when you take away public executions, the masses need some form of malicious entertainment. And letís face it, executions in general are barely making the cut anymore. After all, whose gonna watch someoneís body get destroyed, where they die mere seconds later, when you could watch someoneís mind get destroyed, and the damage lingers on for years and years.

I know I get into mind control a lot in this article, but think about it for a moment. Everyone has secrets, maybe not big secrets, maybe not dirty secrets, but secrets nonetheless. Skeletonís in our closets we desperately hope no one else ever finds out about. We live in a world right now where it is near impossible to keep theses secrets from people. We live in absolute fear that they may find out, and therefore we do whatever possible to keep ourselves out of view. In other words, weíre afraid to throw stones.

Remember people, this is a new era, the age of the global village, and much like a village, you keep your windows shut so the neighbours wonít be able to see in.

(Set the Ray to Jay)

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The following comments are for "Mard Vision#4"
by eleventeen

Mard Vision 1
It's a strong attack on the gladiatorial aspect of American TV. It's empathy at it's height. The mixture is balanced just right.

( Posted by: Dfortyseven [Member] On: April 28, 2005 )

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