I am (by my own definition) an inferential scanner. I tend to ‘scan’ information and then derive knowledge or even opinion from that very human, subjective, faulty, biased data processing operation. It’s like scanning a dance floor to find the love of your life when you are 19. It’s even a bit like reading the book jacket, a few pages here and there and maybe a synopsis on Amazon and considering yourself having ‘read’ the book. Of course, I don’t do that with books but I tried numerous dance floors when I was young. And I have resorted to doing that with professional sports as well – I just watch the last five minutes at the very most and deduce from that all I needed to know. That is so much true for me now, I don’t even watch the last five minutes of anything except maybe the highlights of the Super Bowl or the Stanley Cup. The whole season is right there in the executive summary of the ‘year’s highlights’.
It’s how Trump thinks but he doesn’t even know any of the games. Not really (silver spoon in the way). Perhaps Liar’s Poker. I, at leas,t played hockey and played football and many other sports (it’s why I can watch golf but not curling or trout fishing). You need to have had some REAL experience to see the brilliant one-handed catch by NY Giant’s wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr, to know that it is, in fact, a bloody brilliant miracle catch!
But that is not my topic………here it is: Is my scanner off-base? Am I seeing or am I NOT seeing an uptick in the violent madness that makes up our world these days? I sense that the violence, murder, shooting, bombing, mayhem and even governmental heavy-handedness has increased markedly in the past year, maybe 18 months. Do you think so?
I have taken to asking a few friends and the answers are ‘Yes, but….’ and what they mean with the ‘buts’ is that maybe it is all just being reported on more…..or social media is more on-the-spot than conventional media used to be……or maybe it is just that the new news simply follows the old news premise that ‘if it bleeds, it leads’. No one knows, of course. We are not real data processors. We are not hungry readers of stats. Most of those I know don’t live in any ghettos, France, Turkey or Ferguson, Missouri. We don’t know.
But it feels like it is so. I would suggest a 15% increase based on nothing rational, logical or researched at all. Just my gut.
And, if it is true, what does that mean? More specifically, what does that mean for us? Those of us NOT living in ghettos?
So, unlike my usual posts where I pontificate over some idiotic issue or wax poetic about ravens, this is really just a question. Are we living in a crazier more violent world that is trending worse?