Many months ago I was reading the Mathis paper on OJ Simpson, and was of course enthralled. I am well satisfied that the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman was staged, that the trial was scripted and that actors merely read their lines. That the white Bronco headed down the freeway was canned footage timed to be released for maximum effect. (Is that even OJ driving that vehicle? Very hard to tell, and it doesn’t matter, as it was just part of the TV show.)
What follows below is part of a longer section from Mathis on the purpose of OJTV:
Here is just a short list of much more important events that were happening in those sixteen months. In January of 1994, NAFTA had been signed into law, and by the summer of that year the negative aspects of that agreement were already being seen in the US, with the loss of more jobs and the outsourcing of American jobs to Mexico. In the same way, GATT was being updated in the World Trade Organization in 1994, with the new provisions kicking in in 1995. These provisions mainly took control of trade out of the hands of localities and countries and gave them to multinational corporations and their “global” puppet organizations. This had the same negative effect as NAFTA, except the damage wasn’t limited to North America. Both NAFTA and GATT laid the groundwork for the forcing of genetically modified crops on the entire Western World, among other crimes against farming and humanity. In the summer of 1994, genetically modified foods were first approved, and although this is not normally linked to NAFTA or GATT or the WTO, the timing was not an accident. …
All of that is important, but none of it escaped us! I’ve since concluded that our leadership regards ordinary people as a management problem, nothing more. The truth is that most of us are not given the intellectual ability to navigate in matters of public policy. It could be that NAFTA and GATT and genetically modified foods are really bad for humanity, but the OJ trial was not done, in my view, to deflect our attention from that.
Why bother? People are not looking anyway.
I have a different theory that is slowly taking shape. This is a first attempt. The recent events with James Comey (or Donald Trump even being given the seat in the White House anyway – c’mon!) tend to reinforce it. These events are scripted. They are not done to distract us from more important affairs. That would be pointless. They are done merely to occupy us. Without them, our lives would have less meaning, we’d be less engaged, and life on this planet would be a whole lot less fun.
That in mind, OJTV was an enterprise and was done as part of an ongoing series of enterprises to keep us occupied. Without them, we’d be really bored.
It is true, I think, that we ordinary people get in the way. It is true that people in power often hold us in contempt. It is true that certain type people in the corporate world are filling our stomachs and minds with garbage and laughing at us as we buy their overpriced and over-hyped junk. We present a rich target environment. All those telemarketing calls we get happen because enough people fall for them to make it a lucrative enterprise.
It is always left to us to improve our lives. We are always free to avoid the consumer cornucopia. We are free to learn about nutrition and to eat well. We are able to seek out information and improve our minds. Education could serve us better, it is true, but learning is a magnet that only attracts the more engaged minds.
If earth is a training ground, if we need to lift ourselves up by our own boot straps, then there are limits to what they can do for us. I could go out and recruit people to read this blog, maybe even pay them $10 a pop to visit. It would do no good. I’d soon be broke and readership would still be what it is, some very interesting and energetic people. The only useful motivation is self motivation.
So I think the purpose of distractions like OJ, and now Comey, along with the usual sports and entertainment is just to keep us busy. Nothing more. It might even be an act of kindness. Boredom is a valuable commodity for brighter minds, but has led the bulk of the population to soap operas, elections, sitcoms and sports. Why fight it?
*Hat tip to Tyrone, who coined “JFKTV.” I didn’t exactly steal the concept. Well, yeah, I did.