The verdict is read, the crowd cheers, the circus rolls on…lost upon these “concerned”
citizens who are gathered to witness someone’s head cut off, is the fact that their country is being stolen from them, and that they, and their children, have been placed at the mercy of a system rigged to insure they fail. Their overweening interest in seeing “justice” done somehow doesn’t extend to anything that might require an ounce of brain power to figure out. Way too much effort involved in this. These people, who our politicians can always count on to be curious about the wrong things, are the product of the post-Reagan effort to dumb us down. This crowd doesn’t gather to protest their inability to get a job.. This crowd doesn’t gather to protest the closing of schools. They don’t gather to protest their elected officials fucking them over. This crowd is concerned with something far more important to them. They care more about Michael Jackson, who, surprise, is no longer alive, than they do about themselves – and their children. There is something very wrong about this picture. Michael Jackson begged a doctor to give him something strong to put him to sleep. He paid 150,000 dollars a month to this doctor to make sure the man would do what he was told. Who was guiltier in this drama? What about the system that somehow creates such a situation? Shouldn’t a culture that makes such a situation possible be examined? Shouldn’t a system that allows someone – anyone – to obtain a drug that should only be administered in a hospital operating room, under the strict supervision of a trained anesthesiologist, be judged guilty? Most, if not all, of the people in this crowd who followed every detail of this event, however minute, can give you some kind of an opinion on whether what befell Mr. Jackson was his own fault, or the doctor’s…very few of them though will pause in their “concern”, however misplaced, about the details of this event, or of any spectacle, any gossip, any sideshow, any diversion – the more lurid the better – to question the system that brings about such a sorry spectacle. I know I can’t prove it, but I suspect that if you asked them, fully 80% to 90% of the Jackson voyeurs have not heard of the Republican efforts to make it difficult to impossible for people such as themselves to vote in the upcoming election – or, if by some chance, Fox-TV “News” ever mentioned it, does it much concern them. They are more concerned with the important issues of the day, such as Lindsay Lohan’s arrests, and the Michael Jackson freak show. They neither understand, nor will they ever question the culture of celebrity, or the commodification of human beings – after all, there is mindless diversion to be had – and money to be made…and what is more important than that?