I read a frightening article on MSNBC about a naked guy fighting with another man who was dressed. Not only was the first man naked, but he was chewing on the other man’s face. In fact, by the time the cops were able to subdue the guy by shooting him, he had eaten half of the other man’s face off. Wow, either he was just really hungry or he was high on drugs. I’m going with drugs, sounds a little more realistic. On the other hand, maybe he was just hungry, in fact, so ravenous that he planned to eat the man alive. A real-life walking zombie perhaps? Can you really say for sure? Better yet, can you really believe what you read or hear in the news, even from accredited outlets such as MSNBC, Fox News, The New York Times, and a host of others? People have been so conditioned by the media and news that they tend to believe everything that they read, hear, or see to be true.
While I’m pretty sure the naked guy was not a zombie or an escapee from a high security government testing facility, I still think twice when I read an article like this. This is mainly because I have been conditioned by the media in a different way than to believe what the news tells me. I have seen enough scary movies and read enough murder/conspiracy novels that I always think twice when I read the news. The ones that usually make me wonder are the suicides. There are tons of books and movies that deal with murders that are made to look like suicides. A great example of this is “Probable Cause” by Ridley Pearson. This novel deals with a number of suicides that are actually murders. So, I always believe that what I read in the news deserves a second thought.
My husband is another reason that I am so skeptical; he is your basic conspiracy nut. Remember the movie “Conspiracy Theory” with Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts? Well, he isn’t that nutty, but he does bring up valid points about how the media and government tend to deceive us on occasion. So he makes me wonder and makes me curious about deception in the news. Curious enough that I believe there really is a 1% possibility that the naked guy chewing off some man’s face actually was a zombie escaped from a high security government testing facility marking the beginning of an Armageddon. Well, you just never know.
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Michele Peterson-Rufener is Secret Laboratory’s Home & Health Editor. Michele is a former advertising sales representative and a freelance writer; she is currently seeking a degree in marketing and is a columnist for Examiner.com. Read Michele’s blog at http://happyblonde.wordpress.com/.
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