CNN, NBC, NYT, and Fox have already moved on from the mass shooting that happened in Orlando yesterday.
CNN, NBC, NYT, and Fox have already moved on from the mass shooting that happened in Orlando yesterday.

Who is John Robert Neumann, Jr.? Well, a long, long time ago (if we measure time in the was a speck of an insect might feel it), this man allegedly killed five people in an Orlando business, Fiamma, that makes "lightweight easy to operate RV awnings with band-built craftmanship." (Gnats only live for seven days.) But if you measure time in human terms, this incident will be felt by the hairless bipedal ape as having happened very, very recently. Indeed, it happened only yesterday morning. The earth has not even rotated twice since the employees of the shade company were blasted into eternity by the killer's pistol.

As for mainstream news, its sense of time and memory is completely dependent on the nature of a story. Which is why, if you are killed by someone who is not a Muslim terrorist, you do not deserve to be remembered for more than a day (and most do not even get that). You are politically dead if you happen to be killed by a disgruntled white male who is angry at the world for some reason or other. Hope that you hear "Allahu Akbar" before your lights go out. Those words will keep you alive in the pages. You will be remembered, posted, shared, and discussed for days (maybe even years) on end.

It all comes down to the words of Aimé Césaire: "A civilization that chooses to close its eyes to its most crucial problems is a stricken civilization."