The Victim

A man stood at the bridge
It was evening and the city was busy
Beneath him was a roaring traffic
He had finally found love
Breathing in the air
Enjoying the evening sun
Filled with joy
Awaiting the beginning of a new life
A hobo on the street below noticed him
And soon a group formed
People started gathering under the bridge
Just to see what the bustle was about
The man is about to commit suicide!
The number of onlookers increased
Soon the man noticed the group below
Pointing their cell phones at him
Ready to capture the shocking moment
The next viral video on the Internet
The next hot topic for teenagers
Man caught on camera jumping to his death
Media persons soon followed suit
And the traffic came to a halt
Everyone quite
Everyone looking up
Formulating stories about his past life
The crowd grew restless
Why won’t he jump?
Is he a coward?
The man watched them all with utter confusion
Jump! Said someone
Jump! They all said
The man stared back in disbelief
A procession of priests was passing by
Seeing the commotion
One of them grabbed the man
Slapped him, punched and kicked him
Can you not understand the value of your life you young rascal?!
Suicide is a sin!

It was in the papers next day
The priests had saved a man
Changed his life forever
They were the heroes
Please fund their institution
The man was put into rehab
A politician promised to look after him
His family was paid monetary compensation
And they made a suicide help organisation
To help people like the victim…

The Many Fallacies of Media

“The burden of originality is one that most people don’t want to accept. They’d rather sit in front of the TV and let that tell them what they’re supposed to like, what they’re supposed to buy, and what they’re supposed to laugh at.”
-Marilyn Manson
I cannot stress upon how true these words are. That media is a mighty influence on our daily behaviour is undeniable but how good is this influence really? Are reality or talk shows doing us any good? What good are these news channels that sensationalise every event? You have to understand that media just sways with the wind, giving us exactly what we want, conforming to the popular opinion (or maybe creating them now?) and is heavily critical of any opposing views. The iCloud hack incident aka ‘The Fappening’ highlights this very clearly. Almost every magazine page that I have ‘liked’ on Facebook almost always post something along the lines of: ‘XXXX suffered a wardrobe malfunction leaving very little to our imagination! Click here to read the full article and also the full picture’
These same magazines however took a complete U-turn after the Fappening posting stuff like ‘Sick perverted hackers leak celebrity nudes! Disgusting act that goes to show how we take their privacy for granted!’
See what I mean? Stick to the popular opinion. You acquire more customers that way. It doesn’t matter if it refutes everything you’ve done but hey just stick to the popular opinion and you’re fine. Goes to show hypocritical the media really is.
Besides, if you think about it who was it that was truly responsible for the Fappening? I think a major chunk of the blame should go to the media which has taught us to treat celebrities as some sort of Demi-Gods. The media basically created the celebritarian culture which is the only thing that can explain why someone would bother leaking celebrity nudes when there are millions of women online who show their naked bodies off willingly.

‘Pump in the laughter of dead audience applause and teenage rape candidates and I think we got ourselves ‘a real hit’ ‘
-Marilyn Manson
Slo-Mo-Tion, Born Villain

‘America loves its victims’ said Marilyn. How true. It’s one of the best and most popular of his quotes. Do the talk shows who ‘sympathise’ with victims of hate crimes really care about them in actuality? Do those audiences that you always see on TV crying thanks to some teenagers sob story really feel for them or are they paid to do it? Is media using the tag of ‘helpless innocent victim’ to really create awareness or just to increase their TRPs?even if they’re so truly moved by Victims then why publicise them to the point where they become celebrities? For what? For having been attacked by somebody? Do victims really need to be put on top of a pedestal? Barring a few exceptional cases which are inspirational stories of how people fought back in the face of crisis, the rest of these victimised Demi-Gods don’t really deserve anything but sympathy

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By portraying victims as role models all media does is propagate the victimhood complex.

“We live in a society of victimization, where people are much more comfortable being victimized than actually standing up for themselves.”
-Marilyn Manson