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cali

(114,904 posts)
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 12:03 PM Jun 2016

I don't like that what happened in Orlando has already faded into being "the past"

It's the damn speed of the world we live in. Its attenuated our attention spans. It's the never ending shoveling of "new" onto our plates by the media which rushes from one thing to the next. It's our connectedness or over connectedness, depending how one views it. Things can be both bad and good. Or at least appear that way. That's how I see the "connected" issue.

It's information overload. It's so much more.

It troubles me greatly that I am susceptible to all this. It trouble me greatly that the enormous tragedy of Orlando is slipping into the past.

I want the loss of those lives so tragically to mean more than a brief moment of national horror.

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I don't like that what happened in Orlando has already faded into being "the past" (Original Post) cali Jun 2016 OP
It's no big deal... Human101948 Jun 2016 #1
This happens with virtually every story of note, short of a world-shaking event such as 9/11. Just reading posts Jun 2016 #2
Yes, I know. I think it has a cumulative callousing effect on the vox populi cali Jun 2016 #8
K&R ismnotwasm Jun 2016 #3
Remember when the news cycle was a languid 24 hours? Recursion Jun 2016 #4
*bitter burst of laughter. So spot on. cali Jun 2016 #5
I would bet that if you mention the "Orlando tragedy" today to a random person, Nye Bevan Jun 2016 #6
Heck at this point BREXIT is the past..... Txbluedog Jun 2016 #7
Well Congress at least held a symbolic sit-in right before summer break. nt silvershadow Jun 2016 #9
It is not in the past here in Orlando. Still have events and vigils being held. nt Mojorabbit Jun 2016 #10
I'm referring to just how quickly one horrific event is ecllipsed by the next cali Jun 2016 #13
Gun-advocates at DU were quick to assure us that nothing would come of it Orrex Jun 2016 #11
The Pulse shooting itself eclipsed another Orlando gun tragedy DirkGently Jun 2016 #12
I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't even think of her as I wrote the OP cali Jun 2016 #14
It's hard to keep track of the senseless gun violence DirkGently Jun 2016 #17
How long 1939 Jun 2016 #15
Depends. So many horrific events happen and we're so tapped in cali Jun 2016 #16
I think part of the reason it's sinking is, snot Jun 2016 #18
I said that to someone this morning malaise Jun 2016 #19
 

cali

(114,904 posts)
5. *bitter burst of laughter. So spot on.
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 12:22 PM
Jun 2016

*The laughter is bitter because the truth of your jest leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Nye Bevan

(25,406 posts)
6. I would bet that if you mention the "Orlando tragedy" today to a random person,
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 12:31 PM
Jun 2016

more than 50% would think that you are referring to the alligator attack at Disney World.

Sad, indeed.

 

Txbluedog

(1,128 posts)
7. Heck at this point BREXIT is the past.....
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 12:41 PM
Jun 2016

The pulse shootings are ancient history, sad but that's the state of the world we live in

 

cali

(114,904 posts)
13. I'm referring to just how quickly one horrific event is ecllipsed by the next
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 03:58 PM
Jun 2016

I'm sure it's still deeply felt in your community and that the pain is raw. You have my sympathies and support for gun control legislation- little as that is.



Orrex

(63,146 posts)
11. Gun-advocates at DU were quick to assure us that nothing would come of it
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 03:30 PM
Jun 2016

Thanks to the dutiful efforts of the NRA toadies in Congress and elsewhere, this horrific tragedy has been consigned to the scrap heap with no more than a blip on the legislative agenda. Of course, even before the smoke had cleared, gun-advocates had already leaped into the fray to remind us how important guns are and how there's no possible way to enact any sort of policy that might actually make it more difficult to obtain semiautomatic weapons and kill or would 100 people in one go.

Why, we're hearing even today that rifles are super-safe and couldn't possibly be part of the problem. How silly to imagine otherwise, in fact!


For those with any basic sense of human compassion or even a dim awareness of the hatred and persecution dumped on the LGBT community, Orlando most certainly hasn't "faded into the past." Unfortunately, once the blood is washed from the scene and the victims laid to rest, the media doesn't give a shit and goes back to biding its time until the next ratings-friendly killing spree.

They probably won't have to wait long for the next one, alas, because Congress certainly hasn't done (and won't likely do) anything to prevent it.


DirkGently

(12,151 posts)
12. The Pulse shooting itself eclipsed another Orlando gun tragedy
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 03:52 PM
Jun 2016

The previous night, a few blocks away, someone assassinated a young singer named Christina Grimmie as she signed autographs in a small venue near downtown. So Orlando was already shaken by an act of insane gun violence, when an even more (?) insane one blasted it out of the public consciousness.

Still no explanation for that one, either. " Another angry, obsessed man with a gun.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/11/entertainment/orlando-christina-grimmie-shot/

DirkGently

(12,151 posts)
17. It's hard to keep track of the senseless gun violence
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 04:36 PM
Jun 2016

these days. Orlando is not a particularly violent or dangerous town, or at least it doesn't normally feel like one.

Colonial Plaza, where Christina Grimmie was shot, is an old movie theater venue once know for its comfy "rocking chair" velvet-covered seats. Now it's where the small groups and performers come to play. We've gone to see the Cowboy Junkies, Ani DeFranco and Paula Poundstone there.

Pulse is just around the corner a couple of street away.

We're in danger of becoming numb.

 

cali

(114,904 posts)
16. Depends. So many horrific events happen and we're so tapped in
Sun Jun 26, 2016, 04:12 PM
Jun 2016

not just via the news but also through social media. Where something happens is a factor. Also, the events you mention fall into either the act of nature category or something closely akin.

This was the slaughter of 49 people from the same community/minority, by gun violence in an election season where mass shootings and gun control are part of an ongoing debate.

snot

(10,491 posts)
18. I think part of the reason it's sinking is,
Wed Jun 29, 2016, 07:10 PM
Jun 2016

they got their "terrorism!!!" fix out of it; and now it's coming out that many or perhaps all of those killed died only when the SWAT team went in . . . which is embarrassing.

malaise

(268,412 posts)
19. I said that to someone this morning
Wed Jun 29, 2016, 07:21 PM
Jun 2016

I asked whether all the bodies had even been buried. It's amazing how quickly folks move on.

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