A few days ago I wrote an article revealing that Bill O’Reilly Is Scared Out Of His Mind. Well, he is still trembling with fright, this time over the rampaging demons that have possessed our computers and the Internet – and are coming after our kids. In his latest column he warns that…
“…the lives of younger Americans are changing drastically because of machines.”
Oh no! It’s the revenge of the machines. According to O’Reilly, kids don’t play sports anymore. There is no more softball or soccer or tennis. Just the dreaded machines from which they can experience “the thrill of victory without getting sweaty or bloody.” What’s the world coming to when we can’t see our children bleed?
O’Reilly contrasts this to his formative years when he grew up in a neighborhood that consisted of jocks and hoods. That sounds like a pretty stupid neighborhood. Apparently there were no scholars or artists like there were in my neighborhood. We also had jocks and hoods, but nobody cool wanted anything to do with them. O’Reilly goes on to describe how he hung out with the jocks, most of whom became prosperous adults, while the dope smoking hoods “bottomed out” or died. He must have forgotten about the “the former hippies running the crazy left media,” about whom he complained so bitterly just a few days ago. I presume that running the media is a fairly prosperous enterprise (just ask O’Reilly’s boss, Rupert Murdoch).
Fast forward to the present and you’ll catch O’Reilly comparing computer use to narcotics, and assigning all manner of contemporary ills to the scourge of electronica:
“I believe the long-term ramifications of cyberspace are enormous for the USA and for the world. You can see it in the current recession. Many folks are stunned when they lose their jobs. They simply don’t know what to do. A few days ago, a fired worker in Los Angeles murdered his wife and five kids before killing himself. Instead of starting over, the guy flipped out.”
That’s right – the recession and mass murder are somehow the fault of cyberspace. As proof that this is a problem unique to this modern age, O’Reilly compares it to the Great Depression when, in O’Reilly’s mind, there were no murders or other social maladies. One wonders how that economic collapse occurred at all, 75 years before there even was an Internet to bring down society. In the old days people loved poverty and behaved themselves. They were just a bunch of happy poor folks who played touch football in their former farmlands. Maybe that’s what they meant by the Dust Bowl. It’s only now that, as O’Reilly says:
“…kids and many adults are becoming hypnotized by a technological world that requires little accountability and massive escape possibilities.”
It’s funny that he doesn’t include television in that cabal of hypnotic evil. No one was ever bewitched by the Siren’s call of the cathode ray tube, were they? TV was never accused of sedating the population and promoting a trance-like ignorance, was it? It’s even funnier that he goes on to complain that people today are overly concerned with “individual pursuits” and have forsaken “civic responsibility.”
Wait a minute. Did I hear that right? Bill O’Reilly is preaching that we should be less concerned about the individual and more involved with the welfare of our neighbors. Or put another way, he’s advocating socialism and community organizing, just like the rest of the radical leftist loons who control the media. Who’da thought?