But, for some reason, we don't treat sporting events with the same "violence breaks out" shock that we reserve for people who have to get up early and inconvenience themselves in all kinds of ways to get a big-screen TV from Walmart. In other words: The media is picking and choosing which events to associate with violence, ignoring the drunk person who plows through an elderly person after the Broncos lose because it's somehow less of a Grand Guignol than people stabbing each other over shoes.
The same principle applies to McDonald's. Considering all of the assaults that happen every night in bars, clubs, and right out on the street, why is it national news when it happens in the realm of Grimace? Like this woman who punched through a drive-through window because they were out of Chicken McNuggets. Or this one who pulled an employee through the window by her hair. Or this guy who got thrown through the front window of a Subway. It goes on and on and on and on and on.
All these stories cause us to ignore the true monster that walks among us.
Think about it -- if you read about a horrible, violent assault in your neighborhood police blotter, there's no chance you'd start giggling unless you were Patrick Bateman. But take that selfsame assault and surround it with Big Macs and Arch Deluxes and giant posters of Mayor McCheese, and it ends up on CNN. Because, at the end of the day, it's not about news -- stories like these don't serve to educate and inform. It's about turning people who've had a bad day (or even a bad decade) into human cartoons.
And when 46 million Americans are turned into caricatures on the regular, it's just that much easier for the rest of the population to not give a s**t. Keep that in mind the next time some homeless guy strolls into the Golden Arches with his pants around his ankles, only to end up on the front page of The Daily Mail.
Manna is a former welfare mom who gets pretty angry about all this, primarily on Twitter.
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