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Monday, 15 October 2012

Alton Towers most popular attraction in the year 2112

Like many others I watched Felix Baumgartner make his leap of faith in science yesterday.
From the edge of space he plummeted towards earth with the world watching.

Or most of the world.

Most because I noticed on the social networking site facebook that hidden in among all the very many comments about the jump, there was an alarming amount of people asking who he was, and what had just happened.
Even although those ignorant of what had happened were in the vast minority, there was enough of them for me to ask myself how they couldn't know.
People could be forgiven for not remembering his name, for failing to be able to rattle off the facts and figures, and more.
Even forgetting it was yesterday is fine.
No one really expects the guy next to them on the train, or the woman sitting in front of them on the bus, to be able to talk about how the suit Felix wore was designed, but I did find myself wondering how anyone in the western world who has the internet at the fingertips, frequent news reports on their televisions, and a plethora of newspapers and magazines at their disposal, could be unaware of what had happened in its totality.
Apart from the media informing them how could they have went through the week prior to it without even hearing a friend, colleague, or member of their family mention it?

To not know what was happening must have taken some effort.
There's a huge difference in not being interested in what this man was going to do, and not knowing he was going to do it is my point.

How does someone manage to get from day to day with this inability or unwillingness, to process what is going on around them?

Is it possible that they just lack enough intelligence to read, or hear, about it and keep it in their noggins, or are they so narcissistic that what colour they are going to dye their hair, or the complex consideration required to decide if they need to top up their tan, squeezes everything else out?
What's the worst of the two?

Obviously if someone has just grasped onto consciousness after being in a coma for a few weeks then we can let their ignorance of the event slide.
Likewise those who have far more pressing issues to concentrate on.
It's a fact that for some their lives are currently on hold as they deal with serious issues of their own, or that of a family member.
If that is the case then it's a bonafide reason, and not an excuse for them being unaware of what's going on in the world around them, but what about those who did post on facebook.
The people asking what was happening after the fact, with their 'whose this Felix guy' and 'what's everyone taking about' comments?
Are these people the same ones who can tell you who is joining the cast of Hollyoaks an hour after it's announced and insist that The Only Way Is Essex is reality a television show, but can't tell us who the current prime minister is?
I think they might be.

I suppose the thing that bothers me about this is that the total lack of awareness from some begs the question what else are they ignorant of.
If they can fail to pick up on a the media circus surrounding the jump then how many other more newsworthy stories are failing to register with them?
I wonder if they know that we are in the midst of a recession, that this government are tearing apart the NHS, the welfare state, and anything else that they can think of?

It's a scary thought.

Then again maybe they have the right attitude and I should just concentrate on remembering the schedules for the television soap operas and keep the real world outside.

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