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Subject: IP: Fox TV: The scapegoat channel

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 13:19:12 -0500

>From: "Bob Frankston" <BobRMF17@Bobf.Frankston.com>
>To: "Dave Farber" <farber@cis.upenn.edu>
>
>I was tuning through channels late last night (AKA this morning) and 
>caught a segment on Fox TV that, unfortunately, was not a Daily Show 
>parody. Too bad it is so hard to tell the difference. A more charitable 
>view is to consider that they are just observing the old biblical ritual 
>of using a scapegoat to find comfort by blaming them .
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>This particular segment was aimed at those taking the trains because they 
>were afraid to fly. It was meant to remind us that trains were just as 
>unsafe because they didn't have metal detectors and don t always check 
>people's IDs before boarding. And worse there is a train simulator 
>computer game that kids (AKA terrorists) can use to learn how to crash trains.
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>I fear the next segments:
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>    * The dangers of taxis: Passengers are allowed to ride without a full 
> security check. They don t even have to carry an ID to prove who they are.
>    * The need for safety in subways. Why shouldn t we require all 
> passengers arrive three hours early to be cleared before boarding the 
> trains. It s one thing to complain about Amtrak which is in under a city 
> for a short time. We should make sure that all passengers in a subway 
> pass through x-ray machines. Same thing for highways in cities toll 
> booths need to be enhanced with metal detectors.
>    * The danger of naïve faith in IDs. Actually, I don t expect to see 
> this segment since that would make it harder to sensationalize a complex 
> issue and then close the segment with a simplistic solution. Just as the 
> In Search of TV series created mysteries by ignoring solutions, these 
> segments create certainty by ignoring the real issues.
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>At Comdex in Las Vegas there was security checking. Though many have 
>argued that all the people at security checkpoints must be highly educated 
>we were sniffed by trained dogs (same thing?). For some reason there were 
>also metal detectors which were ignored I guess they are viewed as symbols 
>of security whatever the reality is.
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>Bob Frankston
><http://www.frankston.com>http://www.Frankston.com
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