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  •  The Joker nailed it. (1+ / 0-)
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    In The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger's Joker explains very elegantly what I think Rosenfeld is getting at:

    You know what I've noticed? Nobody panics when things go "according to plan." Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it's all "part of the plan." But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well, then everyone loses their minds!
    This line stuck in my mind and ever since, I've seen example after example.  Suffering, loss, and death, on their own and in roughly equivalent measure, do not guide the degree of attention paid; it's all about the context...and whether the events are "part of the plan - even if the plan is horrifying."  So, for some nothing little town on the outskirts of El Paso to get partially leveled by a reckless corporation thanks in part to lax oversight and pretty much nonexistent public safety protection (you'd think Texas would remember a thing or two about ammonium nitrate explosions!!), nobody panics.  But if a couple of wound-up punks blow up a crowded recreational event in a fairly affluent city, well, everyone loses their minds!

    Don't believe me?  Senator Lindsey Graham wants Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to be charged as an "enemy combatant" - have his constitutional rights canceled.  I see where people are calling to have him publicly hanged.  But the West, TX explosion is just some random industrial accident - except it's not.

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