Fundamentals (Part One)
For almost two weeks, we have been bombarded with the news that a person was murdered in Woolwich, South East London. There is nothing we do not know about the victim. Everything, and anything, it would appear is okay for public consumption and the grieving family, for whom only respect should be shown, have become puppets for both the media and extreme politicians alike. This is wrong, point one.
Fortunately murders, such as that of Drummer Rigby, which create a news blackhole are infrequent, so infrequent that they become memorable. The murder of Jo Yeates and subsequent investigation between 2010 and 2011 was one such. Similarly, equally memorable, the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes on a London Underground Train which also monopolised the headlines in 2005. Not one of these deaths however struck the media because of any great concern for the victim; Drummer Rigby’s death has come to the forefront because of the extremist backlash to his murder, Jo Yeates’ death sparked a witch-hunt against an innocent man and de Menezes’ death came on the back of paranoia following the London bombings. For the media and the police to use murders for shock value is wrong, point two.
The media constantly play games. They have an agenda and that agenda is not to inform factually but to make profit for the media’s owners. In many cities across England on Saturday 1st June 2013, right-wing extremists planned to use Drummer Rigby’s death as reason to take control of the streets. They were met with anti-fascist resistance and across the country many arrests were made, principally of anti-fascists. Britain’s national broadcaster, the BBC, failed to carry a single report of any disturbance. As a result, many people were unaware of the fascist attempts to hijack Drummer Rigby’s death for their own purposes and of the resistance to these blatant attempts at creating social hysteria. This is wrong, point three.
More to come.