Why Michael Doesn't Like Boston Conspiracy PostsSubmitted by Chris Conspiraski on Mon, 07/08/2013 - 01:25
(please note: I wrote/discovered this sometime in May. I wasn't sure if I would ever post it but recent things force me to.)
I was born and grown in Green Bay, WI. It is a small port town, population about 250,000 metro. Our claims to fame include big meat packing factories, the National Railroad Museum, and a football team called the Green Bay Packers.
Most of the time people leave us alone. But every 10 years ago, usually around January, something is different, and everything changes. Suddenly my city is the talk of the town for the whole country. Our team has made the Super Bowl.
GREEN BAY BECOMES MEDIA CENTRAL FOR PLANET PACK
I could be happy enough if they would show some of our local landmarks, maybe, or just stick to footage around Lambeau Field. But no, they have to go digging around in our undergrowth for TV-friendly footage that completely misrepresents my town.
They start with a shot from a helicopter, showing the whole city, saying the whole town is quiet because everyone is inside watching the 'big game'.
(no, they're inside because it's cold out and dark)
Then they go down to the corner of Adams St and Cherry St - the center of the banking district - and say "look at that - the streets are empty. Everyone is in their house watching the football game."
Then another interview with a foam-cheese hat-wearing person saying that everyone in cowtown USA loves the Pack.
Except there's a problem (or two):
First: Not everyone in Green Bay is a Packer fan. Probably not even half. Lots of people come here to work, not to worship a bunch of guys running around in tights chasing a ball. Still the refrain 'Everyone is home watching the game'.
The part of my city that they always focus on happens to be the banking/government district. In other words, it is non-residential. There are never any people there, whether it is a superbowl night or not.
My point is, the tv media comes into my town every 10 years or so when the Packers make the super bowl and pretends to know the feelings of the people and the state of things on the ground. It's all lies. And it's very offensive to someone who lives here day to day.
So why doesn't Michael like it when people pretend to know what life is like in his town? Simple. Because what you see on the screen IS NOT the truth - its a convenient lie.
The media will come into your house, or Michael's or anyone else's house, and pretend they 've been there and know it well, and pretend they can report on it honestly.
Please don't pretend that what the media told you about the Boston bombings was the truth. And please don't pretend what the so-called person on the street said was the truth. It may be based on truth, but it springs from the media's desired perspective.