The culture of desensitization

October 29, 2015





Editor-In-Chief | emo012@latech edu


It is time for us to wake up and realize there is a serious problem going on.


In the past few months, Syria and Russia have been a big topic in the news and now things seem to be preparing to become worse.


After Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced air strikes on Syria last month, the tensions have only increased, and I believe will continue to increase.


Also, as tensions fluctuate between the United States and China, it only shows there is no certainty for peace between super powers in this current world.


As the world portrays itself as bracing for what could eventually turn into another world war, after an initial strike people seem to retreat back into normal daily life.


With new technology and media access being readily available at the touch of a button, we are more informed then we have ever been before.


This could seem like a great thing, and it is, but at the same time there has also been a certain level of desensitization in our culture.


In addition to war and violence, and also an effect of these things, there have been millions of displaced refugees around the world – with absolutely nowhere to go.


We are constantly hearing about death, war and terrorism around the world. We see brutal images of horrible things happening to people, and yet it is almost normal to us now. We see the same things in a fictional sense, through the entertainment industry as well.


There’s nothing wrong with entertainment or the availability of this information, but this is something, which makes our society different and illustrates the changes in culture.


There has never been the amount of entertainment, news and information as readily available to the general population as there is now.


If we are constantly used to seeing these things as entertainment, how different does it make us feel to see them in person?


Of course, seeing these things do affect us and make us think about the issues going on, but it does not hit us to the extent it should.


Perhaps if the issue becomes more personal, but when it has to do with a large number of people miles away, we tend to think on it for only  a moment.


In many ways we have become comfortably numb.


Ellie Moslander is a senior journalism major from Albuquerque who serves as editor in chief or The Tech Talk.


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