May 23, 2013 @ 14:03 Leave a comment
I feel it worth noting, before you get upset with me, I am referring to you, the public, not the police and government officials. They should be acting to prevent terrorism, and most certainly not ignore it.
In light of the recent events in Woolwich, London, I have come to realise what the problem is here. The way the terrorists acted, to tell people to film them and so on, really goes to show that what they want is attention. And boy, did they get it. Within minutes ITV had gotten hold of footage of “Criminal A”, and the BBC, CNN and Sky went into full scare-tactics mode. Mind you, you can’t blame CNN and Sky, their ad revenue must more than double whenever something like this happens.
In Paris (France), last week a man shot himself in protest over the changes in Gay rights laws. He believed this to be the only way of getting his point across, but people didn’t fuss over it. They essentially took it in their stride, they didn’t plaster it all over the news, and in doing so they cut off the potential fallout of people asking what it was he was after. Now, don’t get me wrong, this is of an entirely different calibre of situation to London, but one can draw parallels.
The real problem is that they, the terrorists, did get the attention they were after. If people had Ignored it, If the News channels had given it a wide berth, perhaps just putting it on their scrolling ticker to inform people, then it would be given the same level of attention as other news, but still warning people of the dangerous situation that had happened. If people had not given so much social media attention to it, and left the word of mouth strictly to those who needed to get it across, say to worried family members, and the like, then the terror message would have went unheeded, nullifying the reason for the act of terror, and making them common murderers.
What people are doing, sharing the experience as it were, is justifying the means by which the terrorists got their attention. Not justifying the murder itself, but proving that murder is a good way of getting attention. This should not be so. Peaceful rallies over killing people in warzones take place all the time, and yet they get less coverage than this. Why? One would think the reverse should be true. People’s attitudes to these sorts of things need to change.
The government was right to convene COBRA, the police were right to use firearms, the reaction the official channels gave to this situation, were in my opinion spot on to what they should have done. However, the attention given to it by people was rather deplorable. When something this grizzly happens, people insist on getting more and more images an videos of it, but that’s what /r/WTF is for, is it not? They draw more and more attention to it, and unwittingly give the terrorists the satisfaction of a job well done. They are reaping entertainment off of the poor man who was attacked and, by extension, all of those grieving the situation.
So what am I saying to do? Forget it. Don’t forget the victim, victims deserve an empathetic response, however you feel that could be done, but forget the terrorist intent.If in the future if such a thing happens try and prevent it becoming so famous and interesting. Leave the management of terrorists to the Government. Don’t condone the terrorist actions, Don’t pay them attention, Ignore the Terrorism and Carry On with your lives as normal.
And yes, I know that strictly speaking, by writing this blog post I am going against what i believe is right. Stupid terrorism, always finding a way to get what you want.