Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Memories

[The faint of heart may find this post inappropriate. Don't read if you're the type. Thanks in advance. -- AA]

Only a few days ago, commentators remarked on the implosion of the Yankees. [You can see why I have the warning above.] But I don't want to talk about the piloting skills of Cory Lidle. Instead, I couldn't help notice Fox harping on and on about 9/11 all over again. And this brings us to my point.

Human memory is a funny thing. And by funny I mean incredibly maliable and inaccurate. One of the greatest myths is flash bulb memory. Briefly, the idea is that when something really traumatic takes place, we remember that moment as if it was captured on camera. JFK's assasination is often brought up as a classic example. Naturally, the research reveals that we THINK we remember, but we tend to not really remember much. The Onion really summarized it best. The exception, of course, is when we are constantly reminded of an event. And that's where Fox comes in. Bravo!!!

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'll be the one to point out that most people would agree, remembering 9/11 is more important than jfk, jr., hence the repetition.

10/12/2006 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 12:24...
i'll be the one to point out that most people would agree the one thing the far right and the far left have in common is: NO SENSE OF HUMOR!

10/12/2006 12:34 PM  
Anonymous TJ said...

Maliable. That's a great word. Memory is maliable, because it can get you in trouble and it should be held accountable.

10/12/2006 3:03 PM  
Anonymous PG said...

If the American people can't remember 9/11 without Fox News's help, we might as well drink KoolAid now instead of waiting for the millionth repetition of "The Constitution is not a suicide pact."

10/12/2006 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that 12:24 was arguing that we have to listen to Fox to remember 9/11, but rather was pointing out that it is not a bad thing for Fox to mention it, as opposed to other "less important" events in history. A plane DID fly into a building, in NY, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one who had a flash of 9/11 part deux in my mind. By the logic of this thread, we should not discuss the Holocaust either, since it clearly is something people would remember anyway. Just like the Armenian genocide in WWI, right?

If you want real news, go read a paper, where the talking heads have at least had 4 hours to make sure that what is being said is actual news. The TV is commentary, and Fox just happens to have even less real news than other crappy tv news programs.

10/14/2006 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maliable isn't a word at all. malleable, however, is a great word.

10/15/2006 10:45 AM  

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