What's wrong with people these days?

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Submitted by Coronita on March 7, 2008 - 11:38am

What the heck is wrong with people these days? I mean, I open up the major news feeds and I see

 

1) Police: Couple used baby in tug-of-war

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/15526...

 

2) Mom who power-washed tot turns self in

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008...

 

3) Soliders throw dog of cliff for fun

http://valleywag.com/363325/five-youtube-videos-show-american-soldiers-at-their-worst 

 

Is there some sick and demented flu going around or something? Geebers!

 

Submitted by jpinpb on March 7, 2008 - 11:44am.

Maybe their loan reset and they went ballistic

Submitted by nostradamus on March 7, 2008 - 11:45am.

I don't think things have changed. You're hearing these stories more and more because news is able to spread rapidly and globally like never before. While I hate to see all the terrible things happening, I believe it's a good thing that they're being reported more, mainly by internet news coverage. We can log in and see news from all over the world. Knowing what's going on everyhwere should (I would hope) lead to a broader-minded view.

So to summarize, IMO nothing new is happenening, it's just that news coverage has expanded.

Submitted by DWCAP on March 7, 2008 - 12:16pm.

What was it they said about murder coverage? Murders have fallen by 15% since the 80's but news COVERAGE of murders has risen by 400%? Something like that. You are actually safer than you were, but now you know about it all so you actually FEEL worse. An example of how more information isnt always better for society.
I have a feeling this kinda stuff has been going on for a long time, (look at all the priest abuse cases) but we are just now hearing about it.

Submitted by Dukehorn on March 7, 2008 - 12:29pm.

Looks like the peak year for violent crime and murder was in 1991 (assuming this chart is any good).

http://www.disastercenter.com/crime/uscr...

I think its been relatively the same the last ten years except that the media has a perverse affection for (a) stories where white female blondes are killed/abducted (the recent UNC shooting, the Georgia hiker, and the Aruba Spring breaker) and (b) strange child abuse stories.

Submitted by Doofrat on March 7, 2008 - 1:21pm.

I think one of the reasons are that there are more video cameras around and the Internet facilitates the distribution. I don't think that fifteen years ago a car wash would generally have a good video system and even if it did, the tape might end up in police hands, then only be aired locally. Fifteen years ago, soldiers didn't have a small video camera and an Internet connection - the puppy would have been thrown off a cliff and that'd be it.
Also, I feel that the Internet news services need plenty of these headlines to lure you into clicking on their news link. , just like the teasers used to do for the nightly news.

Submitted by Enorah on March 7, 2008 - 1:59pm.

My take on it

From a spiritual perspective

Just my perceptions.

For decades now more Light has been reaching our planet. When I say Light, I mean "that which illuminates", physically and also mentally, emotionally, spiritually. As we, all of us, are lit up more and more, it is becoming more and more impossible to hide in the shadows or to hide the shadow part of the self.

During this past winter solstice the Light was ramped up even higher, our frequencies are being altered and we are being offered the opportunity to exist in a higher vibration.

For some, the light becomes painful, those who are in fear, those who do not wish to evolve. Hence you have the kind of acting out the op is describing.

Much love to you all as you transform. We are birthing a new way of being here in this reality.

Submitted by temeculaguy on March 7, 2008 - 2:23pm.

Enorah, interesting theory, I'm not going to debate it because I still haven't figured out the universe so anything can be true.

I do thing the other posters (Noastra, doofrat, DWCAP, duke, et. al.) are correct, it isn't what is happening, it is how much you know. I love hearing from people on how they think their particular community has gone to hell in the last ten or twenty years because they know too much now and are bombarded with information. Truth it, for the most part, the crime rates in whatever place you live is probably half of what it was in your perception of the "good old days."

The media does have one positive side effect, it has served to warn people, people are much more cautious with what they leave out, where their children are and what they do. Technology has eliminated some crimes (how often do you hear about muggings and pick pockets, identity theft has replaced it and is less violent) and cell phones and the proliferation of cheap cameras and cell cameras and DNA has made it harder for crooks to get away with things. The fact that you can go on the internet and see who the sex offenders are and where they live has a tendacy to make people feel less safe, but in reality they are better off for knowing, the blissful days of ignorance are over.

Submitted by FormerSanDiegan on March 7, 2008 - 3:10pm.

For decades now more Light has been reaching our planet. When I say Light, I mean "that which illuminates", physically and also mentally, emotionally, spiritually. As we, all of us, are lit up more and more, it is becoming more and more impossible to hide in the shadows or to hide the shadow part of the self.

I was wondering why lately I am feeling excess energy as my being is illuminated by additional flux causing my aura to re-radiate overtones to the point that my crustal flux capacitor has oscillated and reversed the osmosis flow such that the crystalline structure of my inner self to be overwhelmed by excess capacitance to a point resulting in flatulence to relieve the negative energy pressure wavelet.

Please Bring Data.

Submitted by Raybyrnes on March 7, 2008 - 3:42pm.

"Looks like the peak year for violent crime and murder was in 1991 (assuming this chart is any good)."

Funny the author of Freakonimcs traces part of this reduced crime rates and reduction of violent back to Roe v Wade. As those potential would be criminals would be coming of age they are now gone. Not making any argument for abortion but it was an interesting point.

The same argument of too much information can be seen in sports. How would Babe ruth or Micky mantele been percieved in todays modern age of information.

Submitted by Coronita on March 7, 2008 - 5:06pm.

Please Bring Data.

I did, on another thread. But it appears these off topics people read more of these days. 

selfportrait

----- Sour grapes for everyone!

Submitted by Aecetia on March 7, 2008 - 5:23pm.

Raybyrnes is correct about the research;
"The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime

JOHN J. DONOHUE III
Yale Law School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
STEVEN D. LEVITT
University of Chicago; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Quarterly Journal of Economics

Abstract:
We offer evidence that legalized abortion has contributed significantly to recent crime reductions. Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization. The 5 states that allowed abortion in 1970 experienced declines earlier than the rest of the nation, which legalized in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. States with high abortion rates in the 1970s and 1980s experienced greater crime reductions in the 1990s. In high abortion states, only arrests of those born after abortion legalization fall relative to low abortion states. Legalized abortion appears to account for as much as 50 percent of the recent drop in crime."

Submitted by gold_dredger_phd on March 7, 2008 - 6:11pm.

The media show stuff like this because they cannot show pornography or snuff films. If you want real news, read it, don't watch TV or videos.

TV competes with pornography and reality shows. It has to satisfy some of the same "needs."

Submitted by gold_dredger_phd on March 7, 2008 - 6:17pm.

I looked at two of the links and it's a real snooze-fest dude. I don't think that we have enough abortions in the country.

Submitted by TheBreeze on March 7, 2008 - 7:18pm.

And what about all those teachers who are banging their students nowadays? Where were they in my day?

Submitted by equalizer on March 7, 2008 - 7:24pm.

Dr Gold,

Good job, you captured essence of TV news in one sentence!

Submitted by NeetaT on March 8, 2008 - 6:13am.

The world is rife with people who are "Jerry Springer" candidates.

Submitted by eccen in esc on March 8, 2008 - 7:37am.

eccen in esc

too many toxic pharmaceuticals

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