22.4.13

Why is America trying to re-enact Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' in Boston?


I've been keeping a close eye on the events proceeding the Boston Marathon Bombings. Not because I feel any divine right to hunt down anything that slightly resembles that dreaded word, terrorism, like most Americans, but because of how rapidly it escalated through media outlets and how much of an effect it had on the mental state of an entire city. An attempt at reproducing the drama of a Hollywood blockbuster in real life for the sake of an increase of views on news channels or so brands can 'newsjack' for their own PR gain is ultimately handing any would-be villain an instruction booklet when it comes to causing mass chaos and disruption in a major American city.

'Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets.' - The Joker

 

While America continues to glorify and publicise its criminals; our first world societies' craving for fame worrying grows parallel. At a time when being filmed while drunk or sucking used tampons are becoming the main route to a dream of fame (or infamy) it's no surprise that murder is also a new avenue to having your name on the front of the New York Times.

As if the influence of The Dark Knight wasn’t already becoming apparent in criminals from the 2012 Aurora Cinema Shootings that took place at the midnight premier of it's sequel 'The Dark Knight Rises', committed by a mentally unstable Batman fan with his face painted like the joker.

 

When Boston bowed and fled from a clearly identified 19 year old fugitive who was on foot, while only killing 3 people (and I say this as on the same day 11 Americans we're murdered by guns, the same guns that U.S. Politicians block bills to prevent the mentally unstable from purchasing them and 175 Pakistani children we're killed at the hands of the U.S. Government), Boston essentially showed the world that a 'supervillain' was now a realistic career path.

'All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm gonna give it to them' - The Joker

What immediately followed the bombings was, as expected, a witch-hunt. Anybody with a twitter account got to become Batman for a day. Cross referencing various images and videos taken at the event. A forum on reddit: '/r/findbostonbombers' (which has since been closed) was set up to focus a search that every white blooded male felt it was their duty to carry out. Ultimately resulting in an innocent teenager on the front of Times Magazine as a possible suspect.

'When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.' - The Joker

Then as rumours of FBI shutting down phone lines to prevent wireless detonation of other explosives circulated, a striking similarity to Batman's phone tapping weapon arose. Google then set up a person tracker system in an attempt at controlling the mass chaos and worry from the actions of two sole criminals.

Batman: Beautiful, isn't it?
Lucius Fox: Beautiful... unethical... dangerous. You've turned every cellphone in Gotham into a microphone.

 

The fear, after 11 years since 9/11, in the end came from the 'threat' of terrorism. Media outlets were quite happy to fuel the fear and as city-wide martial law came into effect everybody was able to tune into 24/7 (and at times incorrect) coverage of the realisation of Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight'.

The Joker: Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
Batman: You'll be in a padded cell forever.
The Joker: Maybe we can share one. You know, they'll be doubling up, the rate this city's inhabitants are losing their minds.
Batman: This city just showed you that it's full of people ready to believe in good.
The Joker: Until their spirit breaks completely.