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"The Media And The Medea Complex"

Recorded 7-10-11

1) 2:42 The Media And The Medea Complex long Mp3

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The Media and the Medea Complex 
[col. writ. 7/9/11 (c) 11 Mumia Abu-Jamal

Those who listen closely to these commentaries know that I've not said word one about the Casey Anthony case. The reason is simple: I've never believed it was a national story.

It was, rather, a bubble, blown up by cable networks, a kind of real reality show, featuring 
beauty tragedy and implied sex.

If Casey were Mercedes or Keisha (in other words, Latina or Black) we wouldn't know her name. But a pretty white girl and a beautiful blue-eyed baby equals ratings gold--and cable TV program directors latched on like crocodiles on chicken.

It was exploitation in the very beginning--and it's exploitation now; a modern-day Medea-story to shock, but also to titillate and entertain American audiences, to divert them from the increasing crumminess of life in an empire in decline. Why worry about wars, jobs, or the crumbling school system, when the Casey Anthony show has us so rapt?

When the Greek poet and playwright Euripides wrote Medea 2.400 years ago, he shocked the stage with his portrayal of angry, vengeful women. Medea (not to be confused with TV and movie producer, Tyler Perry's comic creation, Madea) was a sorceress who loved and married the Greek explorer, Jason (of the Argonauts fame), who soon fell in love with another woman. Medea sent his new love a wedding dress that killed her, and then she killed her own (and Jason's) two children.

So, mothers who slay their kids while doubtless terrifying and abhorrent, reside deeply in the 
Western psyche.

And, speaking of psyche, psychology and history, writer, Barry Spector tells us that it isn't 
just in our minds. According to Spector, "America … is exceptional [for] it has the highest 
rate in the world of parents who kill their own young children." (p.280)*

As the economy crumbles and life itself becomes harder, the very young are the first to 
suffer, not only by maddened or traumatized parents, but by social systems, governments and educational institutions that regards them as expendable.

For, increasingly, they are seen as potential soldiers to police the colonial hinterlands. 

Peons to do the drudge-work in dead-end jobs (if lucky enough to get even those!) or prisoners to people the prison-industrial-complex.

That story, however, is of no interest to cable news channels.
 
[*Source: Spector, Barry, Madness at the Gates of the City (Berkeley, CA: Regent Press, 2010)]

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