This is what I have heard on cable news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (9,000 cases, 4,400 deaths) since it began in March 2014:
ebola west africa.
This is what I have heard on cable news about Ebola since it came to the USA this month (3 cases, 1 death):
EBOLA EBOLA FEAR EBOLA OBAMA EBOLA EBOLA EBOLA FEAR FEAR OBAMA FEAR OBAMA EBOLA OBAMA-FAIL FEAR EBOLA-OUTBREAK EBOLA FEAR OBAMA-WRONG FEAR EBOLA OUTBREAK TRAVEL-BAN EBOLA OBAMA FEAR FEAR EBOLA EBOLA OBAMA-BAD OBAMA-FAIL EBOLA-OUTBREAK AFRICA-DEATH EBOLA-SPREAD TRAVEl-BAN EBOLA FEAR FEAR OBAMA-WRONG EBOLA-EPIDEMIC EBOLA-FEAR EBOLA DEATH EBOLA OBAMA-EBOLA-OBAMA DEATH FEAR-EBOLA TRAVEL-BAN FEAR KEEP-AWAY-AFRICANS TRAVEL-BAN FEAR OUTBREAK-FEAR FEAR-EBOLA FEAR FEAR EBOLA FEAR OBAMA-WRONG EBOLA OBAMA-BAD EBOLA-OBAMA-FAIL-FEAR FEAR FEAR FEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What does this say about the specific appetites of the American people for certain types of news? What does it say about the Mainstream Media that they expend such effort, not only sating those appetites but nurturing others they wish to exploit? What does it say about the fragility of the psyche of the American public and their proclivity for being manipulated? What does it say about the sociocultural dynamic of modern life in the USA?
I do not downplay the extremely serious nature of the spread of this deadly hemorrhagic fever, anywhere on the the planet, to anyone. We must take every known measure and spare no expense to stop its spread. We must be steadfast and diligent. But there is something terribly frightening here and it’s not Ebola. We cannot afford, as a people, to continue the spread of panic inducing misinformation, innuendo and especially politically charged accusations. I’ve had it. I can’t take any more.
Here is a part of my FEAR!!!! That politicizing a deadly disease, a practice which is heinous, disgusting, inhuman, lower than low, and reprehensible, represents an irreversible direction in American politics, one that will contribute greatly to our eventual destruction, not only as a nation but as a species. I would hope against hope that this black moment in history is the nadir of our shame as human beings. However, it is my GREATEST FEAR!!!!!!!! that we have only seen the beginning of this descent into damnation and oblivion.
Nostra Culpa Nostra Culpa Nostra Maxima Culpa