Oh, Steve…

Oh my God. It only took one YouTube video and the subsequent comment section to realize how many conspiracy theorists were out in this world! Look, I’m not above buying into when something is amiss, believe me, but WHY WOULD THE CLEVELAND INCIDENT BE STAGED!?!? And don’t give me that “to serve the higher purpose of keeping us docile and in fear” spiel, because this does not fit the MO for the so-called puppet-masters. (Quite frankly, this doesn’t even rise to the level of one of their errant interns demonstrating sadistic boredom.) On its face, this has all the hallmarks of a random act of violence that happens every day in this world (and, which in this case, was broadcast for everyone to see) perpetrated by someone with obvious mental health issues.

On that note, for those who also believe law enforcement did not act swiftly enough, keep in mind: situations like this are not wrapped up in a nice little 30-minute package (including commercials). Despite whatever technology they may have access to, capturing someone is still a process (anyone who watches The First 48 would know that much) as evident by the Tennessee teacher who just got caught after being on the lam for over a month! Pinging someone’s cell phone “footprint” is just that: picking up an “echo” that is approximate (but not pinpoint accurate) to their location. Nevertheless, he was apprehended in less than 72 hours, and the man’s end was swift and (comically) predictable.

The only thing we as a whole seem to suffer from, is the abject apathy provided in part by how convincing the latest movies and TV shows’ special effects are; which, in turn, causes us to (ironically) default to then stating “the special effects sucked” in just about everything we watch; including the visceral and absolutely real videos that can be found online (<– yet another part (i.e., our desensitization from violent images)). No one is or has questioned the validity of the (just as sad and oftentimes confirmed) suicide streams, beheading videos, or the multitude of beat-down and knockout clips; the latter of which take no effort in finding. Why is that? I mean, their premise of “keeping us in that hamster wheel” is just as plausible – as we now venture down this slippery slope greased by you conspiracy theorists.

The fact of the matter is that this was an absolutely real incident (that we, unfortunately, all had a front-row seat to) for several plausible reasons.

  • Firstly, there would be no fiscal “return on investment” if this was indeed a production staged by the unseen overlords, given how much needed to go into it logistically; from hiring the actors (such as the victim, killer, affected families, law enforcement, McDonalds’ employees) not to mention location scouting, storyboarding, the props, CGI (for those who believe the blood was altogether “fake”. I mean, Hollywood doesn’t even put that much effort into a reboot that does marginally well in theaters! Moreover, the narrative was “too good” to be anything but random. Not one of the many people who are involved and have been on camera is that well trained (and unknown to even IMDB no less!) to give off convincing lines and emotion, or even acute improvisation like that. And, no we don’t have that many and diverse “crisis actors” at the ready for, again, this random act.
  • Secondly, this didn’t inspire fear in me, and I’m sure that goes for a great many of us. I only had to go back into work the next day after hearing about this tragedy out of fear of not having that tuition check covered for my daughters’ school.
  • Thirdly ­– which is as obvious as YouTube’s existence itself ­­– we live in an era where participation award-winning snowflakes are seeking attention and validation for demonstrating the dumbest stuff! Never in my life would I’ve thought I’d see the day when something as benign as watching someone play a video game was considered entertainment (which, admittedly, I consume; however, I know that it is what it is).Thus, everyone with a means of reaching out to the world (i.e., 95% of us) believes that what they have to say is important (which, no, it absolutely isn’t).

Steve Stephens was a “nobody” who needed to feel important for once in his failed existence. Coupled with a current era in which we live where “celebrities” pop up like weeds and it really isn’t fifteen minutes of fame they get (more like fifteen seconds #vine), this was a high that he was chasing even before realizing that he was hooked on the drug.

Trust me, I know.

I myself – in my sometimes belief of a hum-drum life I lead – am not above being seduced by the temptress of buying a bunch of HD cameras, lighting, and a fancy condenser mic, and refurbishing a room in my house so that I can disseminate clips where I rant and rave (with the first and foremost prospect of gaining enough attention of drawing a check from ad revenue). But then I quickly come back to the realization that above all I appreciate my relative anonymity – something many of you voluntarily give away with every “I agree” you unwittingly click just to get to that stupid download to start. (And that, my friends, is the real conspiracy we should be examining.)

That man was “thirsty,” begging to be quenched; and, it seems, infamy’s glare bears brightly on killers and anti-heroes. We should absolutely deny his desperate plea by wiping him from existence even more than as if he were a redaction on a declassified document. The only man worth mentioning (even if it was found that he was an absolute scumbag) is Robert Godwin Jr.


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