Provocative quotes for a Tuesday
Here’s a few quotes that are rather pointed regarding media. They deal with how media presents certain events and how the public portrays them.
It’s a uniquely American prudishness. You can write the most detailed, vivid description of an ax entering a skull, and nobody will say a word in protest. But if you write a similarly detailed description of a penis entering a vagina, you get letters from people saying they’ll never read you again. What the hell? Penises entering vaginas bring a lot more joy into the world than axes entering skulls. ~Author George R. R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire.) Interview published in May 2012 Rolling Stones Magazine.
The press still thinks [global warming] is controversial. So they find the 1% of the scientists and put them up as if they’re 50% of the research results. You in the public would have no idea that this is basically a done deal and that we’re on to other problems, because the journalists are trying to give it a 50/50 story. It’s not a 50/50 story. It’s not. Period. ~Neil deGrasse Tyson, podcast interview.
It’s true, we do live in these times where it’s more acceptable to see someone hacked apart in the most violent of manners, but if it’s sex, consenting and loving between two people, then it’s classed as porn and not to be seen at all. Even still, when it comes to science Media has this need to classify themselves as non-biased, so when they write a story about something like climate change they feel there has to be another side to the story. There is only one side to the story; we’re burning up our environment and it needs to stop. I remember stories that came out about the Hadron Collider. How it described all the really cool things it would be able to do and all the things scientists could study with it, but people kept leading back to “if you turn it on, will it destroy the world”. That may be part and parcel due to the fact that every science fiction movie has always been faced with why science is evil for creating such and such a thing that can destroy the world/mankind. Case in point, Jurassic Park. While there were good intentions to cloning dinosaurs, maybe they should have stopped at plant eaters and skipped the T-Rex and Velociraptors.
I’m not saying we should be warm and cuddly to science, because scientists themselves have got to be some of the biggest skeptics. They even doubt some of their own findings until it’s completely conclusive.
Back to the previous comment about sex and violence, while Martin’s depiction of women in the Game of Thrones series has been somewhat on the negative side, he has a point. We are much more accepting when someone is killed or violently attacked than we are of someone who cares for and loves someone deeply.