Posted On: Wednesday - September 29th 2021 7:21PM MST
In Topics:   TV, aka Gov't Media  Media Stupidity  Bread and Circuses
This post is not a story about what happened to the young lady named Gabby Petito. It's an anecdote and some opinion about the use of the story of Gabby Petito as just more infotainment, as part of the Bread & Circuses Americans are being fed and entertained with as a distraction from the real events of the age.
Who in the heck is Gabby Petito? If you asked me that in your head just now, good on you! It's not that this makes me feel better for also not having heard that name myself before last week. I don't care about that, and I can separate the Bread & Circuses from the real issues. It's that I would be glad to know there are others who still don't know, or care for that matter, about her story for the same reason.
I ended up riding on an airliner on a flight home next to a guy who was suprisingly not spending the flight on his phone apps. Therefore we could have a conversation, and it started off well. That was due to the fact that we both agreed that the face diapering requirement was ridiculous. We talked about that for a minute or two, and then he asked if I had heard about this woman Gabby something. She was missing.
"Nah, I haven't heard of her. I haven't kept up with the local news", I admitted. There had been a college-aged white girl missing and found dead a while back, and it was the usual - killed by a black man. I figured this was something like that. Then, the guy started talking about the boyfriend and Utah, and some other State, and I was getting lost. It did not help one iota in clearing things up that we were both wearing the face diapers upon threat of some TSA-directed punishment by the airline. I asked a few questions because my confusion stemmed from the following: The guy was also going home, so with our both being from the same hometown, I started out assuming that this was a local girl and a local story. Nothing the guy said through the face mask really cleared that up.
I couldn't get it straight until I got home even that this story was not any local story. It is one of these bi-monthly or so pieces of human interest infotainment, like that singer or actress in the islands that something happened to and was in the news for months on end. (See, I don't really know that one too.) Many of these result in so many headlines on the mainstream websites that just from passing through (such as logging off my yahoo email account), I would be bound to see the name a few times.
This fellow passenger has a daughter a little younger than Miss Petito was, so he was angry when he spoke of what the boyfriend had done, or something. I can understand that, as that's one of the goals of this infotainment, to induce emotional involvement that results in MOAR clicks and MOAR viewing time! It's just that, well, this is one story in a nation of 350 (by now) million people! Bad things happen, and one could fill each days news with a story just as tragic, every day till Kingdom Come.
When I got home, I wanted to at least find out the gist of this story, just to clear up my confusion about what the heck this guy had been talking about. The funny thing about it was that there were so many articles, that I couldn't' find a one with just the basics. By the time I got done searching, I no longer cared about Gabby Petito. I cared more about how much time I'd wasted on this infotainment and why decent people like that airline passenger let themselves get distracted by it all.
Sorry. If you need help in finding the girl, and she was seen last in my area, I would be glad to help. Now that I know the girl is dead, I understand how the parents would feel. Otherwise, this is no one I know, in a place far from me, so what do you want outta me? More clicks? A new law about "never again"? Not agonna' do it.