Death, Destruction & Drivel 

25 May

I make no apology for the next paragraph.

I have no interest, in fact I do not want to know anything about destructive perpetrators. I am not interested where they were born, to what parents, I am not interested in where they went to school or dropped out of university, I am not interested in the countries they visited or their family members. I am only interested in hearing one of two things, the perpetrator is dead or the perpetrators are arrested. End of. Nuff said. Anything more gives credence and advertising to groups who do not deserve my ear.

Now onto other things.

Hearing about the cowardly actions of an individual could not do anything but shock, hearing how young children and teens were fair game targets is disgusting, hearing the heroic endeavours of trained professionals, entrepid volunteers, and selfless strangers was endearing and touching. 

When there is an attack on a community, it takes that community to come together and fight back with kindness, whether a church/mosque/temple/tabernacle opens it doors for shelter, whether it is hard working taxi drivers who turn off the meter and drive people home safely, whether it is a homeless beggar who cradles a dying lady so she’s not alone, to reaffirm that there are strands of humanity around us in this busy, stressful, enclosing, faced paced times.

As for the media, stop trying so hard to be the first, find the worst, to criticise and condemn, you are swaying opinion, blackening good deeds, generalising those to be feared, and generally repeating the same thing over and over to fill the hours of broadcast.  Only on tv are crimes investigated, forensic tests done and results analysed and the bad guys questioned into a confession in around 45 minutes.


Posted by on May 25, 2017 in In The News, Life



11 responses to “Death, Destruction & Drivel 

  1. menhir1

    May 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Succinctly put AnneMarie. The media have much to learn from your words. Unfortunately, the phrase, ‘lessons will be learned’ is as fatuous, and empty with them as it is with the many other power- broking and headline grabbing groups, who blurt out the phrase when they have nothing sensible to say, when challenged to think about their actions, (and conversely about their inaction) at times of stress. xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      May 25, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      I think I have reached my fill with newspaper reports about finding the AirBnB room the bomber once rented *rolleyes* this is the height (or depth) journalism has attained.


  2. Debs

    May 25, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I love ya, girly whirly, and couldn’t agree with you more.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Me Again

    May 26, 2017 at 4:24 am

    I understand what you’re saying and agree, but I don’t even want to hear about the heros, the beggars cradling whoever, and or free taxi services, etc… I just have no interest in the minutiae of other people’s lives… If I don’t need to know then I would just as well not know. Why do I need to know all that?

    Part of the reason I never watch any news or read any newspapers is because I don’t really feel I need to know
    everyone else’s intimate details. It’s not really any of my business.


  4. mizatavares

    May 26, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I couldn’t agree more, well written, great article!
    Will have to share, thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      May 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Please do share. After finding an online newspaper edition headlining video footage of the bomber taking out his rubbish wheelie bin a few weeks ago, I despair!


  5. Bushka

    May 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Superb final paragraph Anne…Well said! Hugs! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      May 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Thank you Bushka. Time to stop scrabbling for the irrelevant minutiae of cowardly idiots and spend more time on humanitarian empathy and support.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. deacongill

    June 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Well said. Could not agree more. I’ve set my parameters accordingly – I now read nothing about Trump, and ignore altogether other people’s biased views on Brexit. And being told once about a horrible bombing is quite enough. I don’t need to be told a hundred times, with no new info being offered, and endless scrutiny of the minutiae.
    And the other thing is … there are other people in the world who have it far worse. We should be including them too in compassion and generosity.
    Doesn’t mean I don’t care. I just don’t care to be bludgeoned and bullied by the media into how I deal with it.

    Liked by 1 person


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