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OUTRAGE OVER ARIEL CASTING IS FAKE NEWS

OUTRAGE OVER ARIEL CASTING IS FAKE NEWS

It’s common knowledge the mainstream media is biased, entertainment based, and has the agenda of stirring up as much controversy as possible. If it bleeds, it leads. Because mainstream media’s bias tends to be politically charged, and the left and right are diametrically opposed to each other, the whole point of the news is to create as much division as possible between the two sides. It’s an ongoing war of manipulation, of steady propaganda that seeds distrust within the citizenry of the United States.

And social media is yet another tool to stoke the flames of conflict. Right and left political ideologies are the most obviously exploited demographics, but the media has plenty of other favorites. Another? Divide the races! They’re like ambulance chasers for racism, searching high and low for a whiff of a reason to maintain tension between blacks and whites in American communities. No wonder the public distrusts the bought and paid for media, but it seems their strategies are still having the desired effect.

I’m not saying there aren’t angry white people hash tagging ‘Not my Ariel’, I’m saying it’s blown out of proportion in relation to reality. This is a fringe opinion dressed up like it’s mainstream. This strategy is easier than you’d think to maintain, especially when you’ve already culled the fringes of the political spectrum to do your bidding for you. One angry retweet from someone with reach, and everybody knows there’s outrage on the internet.

But there’s always someone outraged on the internet.

That’s what makes it such a happy place, like bumper cars for modern society. You can rage roughly as hard and long as you want without consequence. One person makes one dumb comment, one blogger makes one blog post, and tens of thousands of people consume the content. Then there are rebuttals, and all of a sudden, one dumb comment has grown from a mole hill into a mountain. Propagandists understand the psychology of the crowd, and how to whip theirs up into a frenzy.

Halle Bailey has been cast to play Ariel in the live action version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Spoiler alert, she isn’t white. So the media was sure to give the story of racists flipping out and using the hashtag ‘not my Ariel’ plenty of attention, despite this not being worthy of national news. Attention gives the story life, and people have to insert their opinion on the so called issue. Now we’re engaged in a heated national conversation about the skin color of The Little Mermaid.

I repeat, we’re engaged in a heated national conversation about the skin color of the Little Mermaid.

I’m dumber simply for having typed out the sentence.¬†This should not be a story dominating our news feed. First off, Halle Bailey is so fine it’s ridiculous, and I don’t care what anyone has to say about that. Second, outside of the internet world, how many people have you actually heard voicing an angry opinion about Disney’s casting choice for Ariel? Even if your answer is a couple, compare that to how many people you know who don’t give a shit. Think about how many people would be having this conversation had the news not pushed the story. Is it possible this story is everywhere because it serves to pinch the nerve of racial tensions? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s something to consider. Think about the scale of an issue before diving headlong into a debate when you really have no skin in the game. Think of what you may be distracted from, intentionally or not, while these types of stories dominate news cycles.

There might be something wrong with the way we’re getting our information, about algorithms designed specifically to create echo chambers. There might be something wrong with the United States allowing propaganda to be legal. There might be something wrong with the media’s strategy of drawing the masses into an argument in order to scale it. And there’s definitely something wrong with the relationship between our citizens and the press. If there weren’t, why in the hell would you be reading an article on Liveitbadass.com?

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