How do you distract the World?

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What is harder to believe?

a)   That a plane in the year 2014 could just vanish?

b)   That the media is still beating this story like a red headed step-child?

The answer of course is both. It is impossible for a plane to disappear in an age where NORAD can track anything the size of a golf ball through the sky, and the NSA can listen to you pinch off your morning loaf in the ‘privacy’ of your own bathroom; while you play candy crush on the ipad that Chinese slave-wage workers built before ending it all in a sea of corporate offshore undercutting. Regardless of what theory you believe, or what might have happened to MH370, what has really been lost is the human ability to look up, around and side to side.

To seek answers away from that glowing oracle we call computers, ipads, and the tit-tube. Yet why is it this plane? Why do you care? If you had loved ones on the flight then by all means watch away. There were 2 American’s on board the flight yet CNN may as well just re-format their entire news organization to just cover air-traffic and flight disappearances. There are probably better things to cover in the news like the failing petro-dollar, the dismal ‘jobless’ recovery (oxymoron), or things that directly affect its viewers. Is it for ratings? Its possible. Is it to increase even more surveillance amongst the populace and especially the airline industry? You’re probably getting warmer.

How do the media seduce its salivating viewer into a catatonic state of endless talking points from “experts”? This mystery seems almost designed to arouse some fundamental parts of our brain. One of our most essential tasks is to solve the enigma of the outside world, and this starts with our basic sensory perceptions. Our conscious minds experience reality as a seamlessly spooling movie in HD and surround sound. But our brain is fooling us. It turns out the very act of perception is more like puzzle solving than most people realize, When you look at a simple visual scene, your brain is constantly resolving ambiguities, testing hypotheses, searching for patterns, comparing current information with memories and expectations.

Since our brain is in the business of solving the puzzle of reality, no wonder we are so gripped when reality presents us with such a maddening puzzle. Even if the debris in the Indian Ocean is proven to be from the missing plane, we still haven’t solved the mystery of what happened. The few clues leave us endlessly speculating about what happened to the plane; in the same way, our brains must use the necessarily limited data our senses perceive and apply deductive skills to constantly come up with a functionally plausible version of reality. The study of illusions gives us a glimpse at the trickery our brain uses to create, below our conscious awareness, our continuous sense of the world. Our brain is a kind of detective for our conscious mind.

This is where the media does such a good job of hooking the viewer. They are playing the story out like mystery novel where it is a constant drawn out game of peek-a-boo, essentially treating the viewer like a child. You are probably right though, the governments involved know full well what happened to MH370, whether it was an accident, gross incompetence, or some sort of inside operation gone wrong.

There are so many loop holes in the story from the altitude changes, and whether or not Roles Royce has a tracking system in their engines separate from the planes transponders —they do actually even though it has been denied. Everything of importance is tracked in this day and age, they just think the average person is too stupid and or believes everything they see on the television. Our minds are built to detect meaning in patterns, to infer causal relationships from coincidences, and to believe earlier events cause later ones. Our extraordinary pattern-seeing abilities serve us well but also lead us astray.

At times, we perceive patterns where none exist, and misperceive them when they do exist. If it looks like the people on CNN are just a bunch of clueless idiots (they kind of are) then that my friend is the ultimate illusion. It’s the people who write and are behind the scenes who are the real magicians. This is why on CNN you can hear experts debate whether some satellite imagery supposedly identifying remains of the plane truly shows its debris, other ocean junk, or glints from the sun.

We as humans love to order things not because we crave chronology but because we crave causation and those in the media know this even though it may seem like Wolf Blitzer is just Santa in a cheap suit or that Don lemon is may be in fact a pre-pubescent man-child that got the job from straight up nepotism.

Who knows? I am sure they are all fine people, just doing what they are told. It gets to point though of not being a story anymore but an obvious distraction. Get back to me when you have found the plane for sure and when the investigation is finished. Till then, there is nothing else to say. You can speculate all you want but at the end of the day it’s nothing more than just mental masturbation, just like this post. With that said, I guess CNN should go ahead and hire me, or at the very least, bring me on the show as one of those “experts”. I am clearly just as qualified.

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