Online news outlets make their living on pageviews.
The more people click a headline, the more money they make in ad revenue.
Same with paper & ink newspapers. Eyeballs equal money.
I was actually slightly concerned before getting on the plane to Bangkok. About the "violent protests and riots."
Okay, yes. A few people died and things got a little heated.
But overall it was a PEACEFUL protest.
We were right in the middle of it. My second day in Thailand, we were watching the leader of the rebellion on stage holding a passionate speech. None of us could understand a word, but it was pretty cool. Thousands of people in the crowd, all blowing their lungs out through whistles. Eardrum murder.
It was a little surreal. This was an unprecedented event in Thailand, a truly historic moment. What was going on was a BIG deal.
Very cool time to be in Thailand, and I wish I understood Thai so I could get a better picture of what was going on.
But yes, anyway. The media was exaggerating the "dangerous" nature of this whole thing.
What really happened, from my point of view, is that the protesters blocked off a few of the main roads in the city... and people set up market stalls, selling t-shirts, wristbands and all sorts of food. Sasha bought some socks.
And the average thai I spoke to? Most didn't care about politics, and didn't pay any attention to the protests. They were mildly annoyed because the protesters blocking off the streets made Bangkok's already-horrible traffic congestion even worse.
(The traffic is seriously the worst part of Bangkok. I got in a Taxi at 5pm - bad timing - and a 7km ride took an hour)
Most scandals you read about in modern media are fake media scandals. Or, at least they start that way.
Do you honestly care if some pop starlet twerks on stage? Or whatever the latest thing is?
It's only "outrageous" because the media outlets says it is. They're telling you it's supposed to be outrageous, and the sad part is, the masses buy into it.
They do it for the pageviews and tv ratings, but the ignorant masses accept it as truth while the people who matter don't care.
Parents get upset because she's setting a bad example. Is she? The 12 year olds watching don't actually care. Not one fuck given. Only the parents care.
There's no such thing as a real scandal, there's nothing you haven't seen before.
Stop letting media tell you what to think about the things that happen. Evaluate for yourself.
Same with profanity. People still get upset when I use the word fuck or a variation thereof in my writings. Seriously? IT IS 2014!
People who get upset about trivialities do not take their own life seriously. Fact.
Same with the Bangkok protests. Dozens of countries were even issuing warnings not to go to Thailand. Having been there, I can tell you that these news outlets and even the governments had no clue what was actually going on, and just jumping on the bandwagon proclaiming Bangkok "dangerous."
Not once did I ever feel I was in danger or threatened. Thai people are remarkably gentle and soft-spoken. Bangkok is a surprisingly quiet city. It has some of the worst traffic in the world, and not once did I hear someone even honk. No one yelled, no one was angry.
Photo: me, Ryan, Sasha and Isabelle in front of the main protester stage. The leader of the rebellion was speaking right at this moment.