Skip to comments.Why A Missing Planeload Of People Dominates Coverage & Consciousness 24/7
Posted on 03/20/2014 4:54:01 PM PDT by IChing
People have started to complain about the overwhelming amount of news discussion devoted to the disappearance of flight MH370. The cable news networks and other forums are on it, seemingly non-stop.
This aviation mysterywhich may or may not wind up having to do with international terrorismpushes everything else to the margins largely in part because of the understandably acute residual vigilance and collective mortal consciousness related to the attacks of 9/11/01, and to the other foiled murderous acts involving large passenger aircraft since 9/11.
Besides, its just an extremely compelling and stupefying international mystery, which, for better or worse, can take our minds off other grave and vexing matters over which we have perhaps less prospects of ever seeing at least a clear conclusion.
A story about a toddler trapped in a well somewhere could dominate in somewhat the same way, and have people around the world on the edge of their seats, day in and day out around the clock, until the situation was resolved.
Isolated stories of a certain intrigue and profound human interest rivet peoples attention and create a sense of community across the continents, actually. We become massively united; bound together in an almost religious sense of awe and anticipation, our minds and mouths engaged in a frenzied search for a solution. Our appeals even turn to the supernatural, of course, perhaps even more so than regarding our usual, mundane everyday matters.
We hope and pray for a happy ending, for the innocent passengers and their loved ones, as unlikely as it might be. Theres that chance, however remote theres also the more likely scenario of a horrible outcome. But either way, theres something about looking for, looking forward, and tuning in expecting clarity at some pointsolving the murky miasma of maddening confusion, for once and for all, after such prolonged suspense.
A clear conclusion does probably avail itself here, eventually, unlike in the case of the crisis over Crimea and Ukraine, the ungodly bureaucratic socialist nightmare of Obamacare, and countless other egregious Obama administration scandals. Well not see anything resembling a final answer to the general, stubborn, looming problem of the Middle East conflict, nor of the grand scam of the vast climate change hoax. The intricacies, entanglements, and controversies around the gun debate, abortion, schools, or the global financial landscape and domestic economic problems defy any kind of reasonable rectification in the immediate future. But I believe we will find out what happened to flight MH370. And we will stay on the case until we do.
Much like a sensational criminal trial in which we expect a definite verdict, we hang onto every development concerning flight MH370only that much more because of various added factors; multiplied life and death hanging in the balance, the scope of international intrigue, and the possibility of even more danger in the offing such as the imagined scenario of even thousands more innocents being threatened if the plane is somehow used for a coming terrorist attack.
There is at least one slightly similar missing plane mystery from this young millenium, for which we have not received a clear conclusionprobably because it generated nowhere remotely near the level of attention and concern this one does, nothing like the amount of searching and media coverage. There were no passengers involved, for one thing.
That unsolved mystery originated in the African country of Angola, in May of 2003. A Boeing 727, which had been undergoing work to restore it to passenger-ready status after having been converted and used as a fuel transporter, suddenly and unexpected had its engines started, apparently by two men who had been working on it. Neither of the men were actually qualified to fly the plane. The aircraft was taxiied erratically onto the runway, then flown off, up, and out over the Atlantic ocean. The plane and the men have never been found by authorities, despite a massive investigation and search involving American resources of the FBI, CIA, DHS, State Department, and Pentagon.
I believe we will find out what happened to flight MH370, and to the people who climbed aboard it a dozen days ago. We will stay on the story until we do. We are bound in our search for resolution, for better or worse.
Vladimir Putin couldn’t be happier about this coincidence!
Wait? There’s a plane load of missing people? I haven’t heard that. Course I don’t watch any network news, so...
Truth is, all I need to know about the subject (any subject) I read here at FR.
It's not that this is what people want for news, it's all they are being fed.
Maybe so, but it is certainly a captivating news story. At the same time, though - you can clearly see it’s dying down now.
True. Today (sadly), it is more interesting (and important) what the "news" media are not reporting.
The tech today is mind boggling, while you sit on a park bench they can read your news paper from space. They all know whats going on and they are not revieling it, why? Using this as the fuse to start a WW? Tatoo could find this plane!
Hmm. I hadn't noticed.
Of course, I haven't watched TV in 15 years.
Because we care about the people on the plane.
It is a fascinating mystery and we like mysteries.
David Copperfield isn’t involved.
Possibility of terrorist action or wacked out individual Moslems on a final journal to hell (like the Egyptian pilot).
Just morbid curiosity.
And in a meaner vein, hoping that the Khardashians, The Housewives of wherever, Miley Cyrus and MSNBC talk show hosts (present and past) are on the plane.
Does anyone here really think that the controlled consolidated media is intended to inform any of us of anything of worth, and that which will make us more free, more united as a people, and more secure in our skin?
Their only role is to smack down those that they can call out as bigots or racists, and make others afraid to say anything that is not in line with the politically correct Stazi thought police that own the Democrats.
Someday Americans will figure it all out and just how these elites have stolen our freedom and rights all so they can enhance their profits and political power.
If the media elite spent their time giving us the true unadulterated scoop on anything instead of propaganda I’d be surprised. They run an urban agenda intended to put down most Americans.
Why is this story dying...is Sum Ting Wong?
It’s the natural evolution of a story - even if it is an extremely captivating story like this one was. If there is a major revelation, it will pop back up in the public’s attention for a short while again - but never again at the level it was before.
I think is is a fascinating mystery with many twists, turns and possible outcomes. There will be a movie made and several books will be written about it.
I am also capable of following this story as well as the others that come and go (or stay) every day.
Everybody relax and do what you want.
How far-fetched would it be for georgey sorass to pay ea pilot a mill to just go land somewhere.
Sure keeps the focus off cancer patients dying from 0-care, d-rats losing elections and sinking poll numbers.
It’s so outrageous that nobody would believe it. I’m not convinced it isn’t sorass covering his boy king’s fall.
I remember the unending coverage of the Iranian hostage crisis. I know it was important, but after awhile, it kind of drove me nuts.
There’s been more media coverage of this than there has been coverage of all the Obama scandals combined.
But if it were a Republican president then it would be an entirely different story.
I for one, am sick and tired of the democrat media F***heads.
Is that you, Jim?
People love a good mystery — TWA 800 dominated the networks for months — this isn’t even two weeks old.
Anyway the little black box has a little over two weeks of pings left — when it quits pinging so will this story and the media will move on to the next story.
I have the uneasy feeling that this will look like the Chandra Levy furor of late summer 2001 in a short time.
Sure took peoples’ eyes off of all the Obama scandals, didn’t it??
Nobody seems to bother to read the article, as to why something for which a resolution can be expected is more compelling.
Really? Google Sum Ting Wong....git back ta me when ya figger it out...
I “got it” when you posted it. SO ... what did you want, along with the statement I posted? ... a big LOL ... too ... :-) ...
We still care about finding Amelia Earhart too.
I’m on vacation, so today was around the condo and we had CNN on much of the day. They were obsessed with it; but, then again, so is my dad, who insisted on flipping to it during breaks in the Ohio State/Dayton game.
All true. It’s incrediby interesting. Still, I’d like the media to return to the 2014 & 2016 elections, Benghazi, Obamacare, etc.
The plane’s location could be relevant to the future of America if terrorism is involved, but there’s a 50% chance it isn’t. I’d prefer to hear FACTS when they’re known, but the speculation by the talking heads is wasting our time. They reach behind themselves, pull theories out of their asses, and pass the ridiculousness on.
We do care about the people on the plane, but thousands are killed every week in car accidents. We need some perspective in this situation.
The plane is a cloaking device.
It cloaks Obamacare failures, the Benghazi affair...
Did anybody complain about the incessant coverage of George Zimmerman murdering a sweet, little, innocent baby boy? Gag. Some stations are still occasionally discussing the story, to the disgust of most of us.
The story will DIE if there is nothing new to report in the next two weeks; but the story will not END if wreckage is found. We will always wonder - what happened, and why?
And Putin responds:
“So? Crimea a river....”
Wey to lo....
I live in Virginia. We are still looking for Judge Crater (for you really old-timers).
Of course it’s one of many breaking stories over the past two weeks. The whole world can relate to this story (especially the grief of the families). Obamacare is just not an international story.
Maybe the black box never started pinging in the first place.
So what’s new with DB Cooper ?
If it’s 3 miles down they will never hear it on the surface.
Yeah, I understand that part ... but it seems that a lot of people are making an assumption that there is a black box to recover - when that might not be true in the first place.
Whether it is recoverable or not apparently after 30 days it quits pinging — and thus moves into the not recoverable category by default.
I guess the point I would be making is what if the black box didn’t go off until next month (just for a theoretical example) — let’s say it doesn’t even start pinging until April 10th. That would mean that it wouldn’t stop pinging until approximately May 10th.
Then the other theoretical example is that it may never start pinging at all. In that case, there would never be 30 days to “count down”. The black box (in that case) would never be relevant at all.
I hope you see what I mean ... :-) ...
That’s true nostalgia for me. I remember working that evening (in Portland) and hearing about the hijacking and then later hearing about ole “DB”.
Then there was ole DB’s money that was found near Portland (at least part of it) ... many years later. What a deal!
Why would that be -- black box union rules or is it on vacation or having its period??? :)
The black box AIUI is designed to start pinging when it goes into water. So if it is working as designed and the plane went into the water 2 weeks ago, then it has already been pinging for 2 weeks.
Well ... you see ... that’s the assumption that some people make that we have no way of knowing if it’s a fact or not. We don’t know - for a fact - if the conditions exist for setting off the black box.
It’s one of the speculations as to what happened. It’s only speculation at this point in time.
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