American Heart Of Darkness Association

Analysis opts not to write about “Groundhog Day message: Central Ohio economy ‘really clicking’” (Kent Mallet, Advocate, 2-2-18). Instead it finds the continued deaths attributed to the current epidemic afflicting Americans to be of greater significance. Another news account of another young life lost. This is a major health concern for our country we are told. This is usually accompanied by video of those afflicted, of those on the “front lines” of the epidemic, and of those who’ve suffered a loss. Various antidotes for recovery accompany this recurring health news coverage. Puzzled? That’s precisely the point. If the epidemic is the recent flu outbreak, then the imagery and “news” accounts are of hospitals, white clad attendants, and a panoply of prescribed cures and regimens for recovery. If the epidemic is one of addiction, likewise considered a public health concern as well as medical affliction, then the coverage is usually accompanied by black clad armored SWAT officers, flashing red and blue lights at night, yellow crime tape, handcuffed victims, and recommendations for recovery treatment unavailable to most. Both are considered a health crisis. Both are considered epidemics. Both are considered life threatening illness. Yet one illness is all white with concrete proposals for cure (though the “recommended” flu vaccine has only been shown to be 20% effective), while the other is black and all generalized encounters in the dark. Why is this so? Could it have anything to do with the recently disclosed fact that 20.8 million prescription pain killers legally found their way to Williamson, West Virginia, population 6,500 (about the size of Granville)? Could it have anything to do with media today, news outlets sources both print and digital, whose primary allegiance is to their sources of income — their advertisers? Analysis finds that presenting one disease as treatable with oodles of support (advertised or promoted by the news) while another is cast as a crime to be no coincidence. What funds media, forms media.

 

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