Predator

by Mark Forman on October 30, 2017

I remember when Predator was another fun action sci-fi escapist Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. My favorite line was Jesse "the Body" Ventura's, "I aint't got time to bleed" line. Good visual ham and scene chewing with decent special effects for the time:1987. Same year I came to Taiwan actually. Unfortunately, in the last few weeks there has been much attention on predators-the sexual variety. The Fox News people, our current POTUS, movie mogul-Harvey Weinstein, and now Kevin Spacey have all been accused of sexually preying on the innocent, vulnerable and naive of both the hetero and homosexual variety. The irony quotient here is off the charts-most mentioned here were lousy actors/pop stars that leveraged there fame into a political career or that played powerful political men on TV or the internet. God help us...

So where is the news here? Our current reality is very much like Paddy Chayefsky's Network  a surreal overlap of the normal and the absurd served to you via the nightly news. Like Janes addiction's 1st big album: Nothing's Shocking's "Ted, Just Admit It's" :

The T.V.'s got them images
T.V.'s got them all
It's not shocking!
Every half an hour
Someone's captured and
The cop moves them along...
It's just like the show before
The news is
Just another show
With sex and violence...

Sex is violent...
Sex is violent...
Sex is violent...
Sex is violent...
Sex is violent...
Sex is violent...
Sex is violent!

How very prescient and on point for our current media reality/reality which is a looping vortex of reality tv; which is tv comprised of fake news and factoids and was the stepping stone for our current POTUS' enhanced fame and  clearly helped him along the path to becoming the Figure Head in Chief. If I sound callous please forgive me. I don't believe I'm cynical just jaded. This never ending "daymare" of the news/media cycle and "Tweetmobbing" can easily burn out even the most resilient among us.

In summary, those that are guilty hopefully will get justice, treatment and a chance at redemption. For the real victims hopefully they'll receive closure and healing. Sadly some of the guilty and the victims will find a way to capitalize on this politically and/or commercially because as Earth, Wind and Fire sang" "That's the Way of the World"