I noticed last night that the hashtags #Ferguson and #MikeBrown were no longer trending on Twitter. I guess this was to be expected. There was only so much protesting that could take place before people started returning to their day-to-day lives or they found other things to tweet and iProtest about.
This is how these things seem to play out. Were the public’s interest to be plotted on a graph, it’ll probably look a bit like what the mathematicians among us would refer to as a bell curve; a normal distribution curve of sorts, because our interest rises then slowly decreases and eventually just dies.
Ultimately, the sad truth is most people only care when the media lights are on, and the media only cares when bad things are happening. It’s only when the razzmatazz of the media moves on that those who’ve suffered the loss will start to feel the true pain of that loss.
It’s almost like with funerals. I remember when my dad died a few years ago, we were so busy running around with funeral arrangements that we were almost insulated from the pain. It was only when everyone left, when the last family member told us to stay strong just before they returned to their home, it was then that all the insulation fell away and the pain stabbed me like a dagger to the heart. It was only then I realised my father was gone.
Likewise, it’s only when the media trucks pack up and move on to the next story that it will truly hit Michael Brown’s mum that her baby is no more. Just like it hit the mothers of more than 200 Nigerian girls when the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls stopped being fashionable. Just like it hit the families of those on flight MH370 when the faint beeps of the black boxes’ beacons finally died out and the media moved on. Just like it will hit the family of James Foley when we all move on to the next story. That, sadly, is how things work. Everyone else’s life will return to normal and that’s when it hurts the most, because that’s when you realise your life will never return to normal.
*just scribbling my thoughts*
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