The lesson we really ought to have learned long ago, and sadly won’t learn now either, is that no civilized society can really afford a mass media reliant on manufacturing endless sensation in order to maintain ad revenues, nor can it afford an entertainment industry that churns out endless violence. Most US citizens are utterly clueless about the real world but very knowledgeable about a wide range of mindless TV shows featuring zombies and other apocalyptic nonsense. Not surprisingly, when the media over-hypes the c-19 virus (which is not, in reality, any kind of existential threat) it’s not surprising that a great mass of people rush out imagining that the end of the world as we know it has arrived. The Waddling Dead has infected their brains. What else did we expect? If you keep giving the same stupid message over and over and over to people who lack the means to distinguish between the real and the fictional, then of course they’ll behave just like they see the cardboard-cutout characters behaving in their favorite shows.

We ought to understand that when you feed people McSlop and Kentucky Fried Cancer they become fat and sick. When you feed them The Waddling Dead and Faux News etc. they become mentally ill.

But profits matter more than people, so the show must go on, and on, and on…

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